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Published: 16:48 | 7/6/16

Settlement reached in Carneiro case

Club apologises to former team doctor

Former Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro has reached a settlement in her case against the club and former manager Jose Mourinho.

Carneiro had claimed constructive dismissal by the club and accused its former manager Mourinho of victimisation and discrimination.

She had been due to begin giving evidence in the hearing at the London South Employment Tribunal centre in Croydon on Tuesday afternoon but, following talks betwen the parties, it was announced that a settlement had been reached.

Carneiro, who had earlier refused an offer of £1.2m in compensation, received a full and frank apology from the club.

Addressing the tribunal, Daniel Stilitz QC for Chelsea and Mourinho, said: "We are pleased to be able to tell the tribunal that the parties agreed a settlement on confidential terms."

A statment from the club followed: "The club regrets the circumstances which led to Dr Carneiro leaving the club and apologises unreservedly to her and her family for the distress caused," it read.

"We wish to place on record that in running onto the pitch Dr Carneiro was following both the rules of the game and fulfilling her responsibility to the players as a doctor, putting their safety first.

"Dr Carneiro has always put the interests of the club's players first. Dr Carneiro is a highly competent and professional sports doctor. She was a valued member of the club's medical team and we wish her every success in her future career.

"Jose Mourinho also thanks Dr Carneiro for the excellent and dedicated support she provided as First Team Doctor and he wishes her a successful career."

Carneiro expressed her relief after the settlement had been agreed.

"I am relieved that today we have been able to conclude this tribunal case. It has been an extremely difficult and distressing time for me and my family and I now look forward to moving forward with my life," she said.

"My priority has always been the health and safety of the players and fulfilling my duty of care as a doctor. In running onto the pitch to treat a player, who requested medical attention, I was following the rules of the game and fulfilling my medical responsibilities.

"I would like to thank everyone who has supported me including my husband, family and friends and members of the football community."

Dr Carneiro had alleged that she was sexually discriminated against after she went on to the pitch to treat Eden Hazard during the opening day of the Premier League season last August.

The case was expected to last up to 10 days and could have seen witness statements and documents, including texts and emails, that might have proven embarrassing to Chelsea and its former manager being made public.

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