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Ex-Chelsea doctor rejects £1.2m offer to settle case

By Nina Massey and Matt McGeehan

Jose Mourinho is expected to give evidence at an employment tribunal brought by former Chelsea first-team doctor Eva Carneiro after she turned down an offer of £1.2m to settle.

Dr Carneiro alleges she was sexually discriminated against by the club's former manager, who allegedly verbally abused her as she went to treat player Eden Hazard on the pitch last August.

She claims that Mourinho shouted "filha da puta", meaning daughter of a whore at her.

The panel at the London South Employment Tribunal in Croydon was read an extract from Mourinho's statement in which he conceded using the term "filho da puta", meaning "son of a whore", but said he used it throughout the match.

The statement read: "It's a phrase I often use, all the players know it. There is no sexist connotation. It is like saying 'f*** off'."

He added that Cesc Fabregas had used the Spanish equivalent of the term when a Chelsea player was fouled during the game.

But Mary O'Rourke QC, representing Dr Carneiro, said: "He uses the word 'filha' because he is abusing a woman."

Preliminary matters in the case were dealt with yesterday after Chelsea said Dr Carneiro turned down a £1.2m settlement.

She is claiming constructive dismissal and has a legal action against Mourinho for alleged victimisation and discrimination.

The case, which could last up to 10 days, is not expected to begin hearing evidence from the 42-year-old doctor until today. Ms O'Rourke, for the claimant, told the hearing she is likely to take at least a day to cross-examine Mourinho, who did not attend the first day of the case yesterday.

Carneiro was dropped as Chelsea's first-team doctor last year after then-manager Mourinho angrily berated her and physio Jon Fearn for going on to the pitch. She later left the club.

The tribunal was adjourned until today.

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