Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is to be the subject of an individual legal claim from former club doctor Eva Carneiro.
Carneiro left Chelsea in September after having been stripped of her duties following a controversial incident in the club’s opening game of the season against Swansea City. Carnerio and physio Jon Fearn entered the field of play to deal with the injured Eden Hazard and Mourinho reacted furiously.
He appeared to hurl abuse at Carneiro at the time – something for which he avoided an FA investigation – and was openly critical of his medical staff in his post-match press conference. Carneiro subsequently left the club and has launched a constructive dismissal case against Chelsea. Now Mourinho himself is to be the subject of legal action by the doctor.
Mourinho said after the draw against Swansea in August: “Even if you are a kit man, doctor or secretary on the bench, you have to understand the game. You have to know you have one player less and when you go to the pitch to assist a player, you have to make sure your player has a serious injury. “I was sure he hadn’t a serious problem. He had a knock, he was very tired. But my medical department – on an impulse – was naive and left me with eight outfield players in a counter-attack after a set piece.”
Carneiro was backed by professional medical bodies who stated she had a duty of care to attend to Hazard, and her exit from Chelsea prompted strong criticism from FA board member Heather Rabbatts. According to the Press Association, Mourinho could himself be personally liable if Carneiro’s legal action is a success.
The Chelsea manager is having a terrible season with reports suggesting he is close to the sack after losing six of the first 11 Premier League games of the season.