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Chelsea claim Eva Carneiro rejected £1.2million settlement

Published 06/06/2016

Former Chelsea FC team doctor Eva Carneiro arrives at Croydon Employment Tribunal where a case brought by her against the club and former manager Jose Mourinho is scheduled to begin.
Former Chelsea FC team doctor Eva Carneiro arrives at Croydon Employment Tribunal where a case brought by her against the club and former manager Jose Mourinho is scheduled to begin.

Eva Carneiro declined a £1.2million settlement after demanding a 40 per cent increase on her £285,000 salary to return to work as first-team doctor, Chelsea have alleged.

Carneiro is claiming constructive dismissal against Chelsea and has a separate, but connected, personal legal action against Jose Mourinho, who left the club in December, for alleged victimisation and discrimination.

The case, which is anticipated to be heard over seven to 10 days until June 24, opened at Croydon Employment Tribunal on Monday, but could still be settled at any time.

Carneiro is expected to be the first witness on Tuesday's second day and faces more than two days of cross-examination.

The £1.2m pay-off offer was disclosed in the respondents' skeleton argument, made by Chelsea and Mourinho, who continues to share representation despite his appointment as Manchester United boss.

"The claimant has been offered her job back on more than one occasion," the argument read.

"She has been made an open offer of £1.2million to settle her claims."

It was also alleged that Carneiro requested a salary of £400,000 in discussions with director Marina Granovskaia on August 20, 2015.

Other "extravagant demands" were made "which some benefits that not even board members received", the argument claimed.

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