Former Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro has demanded that Jose Mourinho has to make a public apology or the employment tribunal involving the former Chelsea team doctor will go to a full public hearing.
The demand emerged as Dr Carneiro and her lawyers met with officials from Chelsea at the London South Employment Tribunal in Croydon for a private hearing before an employment judge.
The two parties are seeing if they can come to a settlement, allowing them to forgo a full public hearing which could see Mourinho called to give evidence.
Carneiro’s barrister, Mary O’Rourke QC, told ITV News:
“We’re not expecting a resolution today. The two sides are so far apart financially.
And we want Mr Mourinho to make a public apology.”
The 42-year-old doctor was dropped from first-team duties after then boss Mourinho criticised her and first-team physio Jon Fearn for going on to the pitch to treat Eden Hazard on the opening day of the 2015/16 season.
The action meant that Chelsea were temporarily down to nine men against Swansea, and afterwards Mourinho called Dr Carneiro and Fearn “impulsive and naive”.
Dr Carneiro did not appear on the bench again for first-team duties and later parted company with the club.
Dr Carneiro also has a separate personal legal action against Mourinho, who left the club in December, for alleged victimisation and discrimination.
He was cleared of using discriminatory language towards her following an investigation by the Football Association.
Mourinho is heading to Old Trafford and United will not want this either the employment case or the civil suit hanging over them. I expect the United board to force the Special One to issue the public apology and settle this case before the end of the season.