Eva Carniero Fights For Her Right; Starts Case Hearing Against Chelsea
Jan 06, 2016 07:04 AM EST
Chelsea's former doctor will likely to start her tribunal hearing on Wednesday. The preliminary hearing will be held at the London South Employment Tribunal in Croydon. The hearing will also be private and before an employment judge.
According to The Guardian, the hearing will discuss the timetable of the case and arrange its witness disclosures of documents that will include texts and emails - by each side. It will also fix all legal procedural disagreements that occur between the two parties. June will likely be the time to be picked for the full hearing of the case but other preliminary hearings could be arranged before that takes place. A settlement between the two parties may also happen before the case is heard.
The ITV reported that the 42-year-old doctor and her and the first-team physio Jon Fearn was scolded by Jose Mourinho, the coach of the team, and was criticised for running to the field to treat Eden Hazard, a player, on the opening day of the season. The team was then down to nine members and Mourinho allegedly called Carneiro and Fearn 'impulsive and naive'. After that incident, Carneiro separated with the club and never went to any of the games again for first-team responsibilities. Football Association investigated the case and cleared Mourinho of using bigoted language towards the ex-doctor.
Carniero said in a statement that she was shocked that she wasn't even interviewed when the "investigation" of her case happened. She added that she was not summoned to have an interview of any sort. Daily Mail said FA's independent board member Dame Heather Rabbatts with Carniero condemned the governing body for not questioning the doctor as part of its search. Carniero was clearly upset as she told in her statement that if that was the only formal investigation, not interviewing the individuals involved, then it will definitely affect the findings.
During last season, the doctor experienced the same treatment of verbal abuse and it was also ignored by the FA. "It is incidents such as these and the lack of support from the football authorities that make it so difficult for women in the game," the doctor explained. FIFA's medical chairman, Michel D'Hooghe, backed Carniero's statements about doing her job and contacted her saying he supports her with that of the world governing body.