It has been reported today that Eva Carneiro's personal legal action against Jose Mourinho will continue despite his sacking from Chelsea.
It had been reported earlier today that Chelsea had failed to file a defence in time and did not request an extension, meaning they would have to pay damages to Carneiro. These reports appear innacurate now, however, as BBC and the Press Association are reporting today that Chelsea did file a defence ahead of an initial employment tribunal on January 6.
Carniero is to continue with legal action. Chelsea filed their defence by the deadline. It means Mourinho could be called into a tribunal.
— Katie Gornall (@KatiegBBC) December 18, 2015
Carneiro is suing Chelsea for constructive dismissal, and it is understood that this case includes her being reinstated to her post at Chelsea should she be successful.
Separate to this claim, Carneiro is suing Mourinho personally for alleged discrimination and victimisation. Mourinho openly criticised Carneiro and team doctor Jon Fearn as being " impulsive and naive" and accused them of not understanding the game when they entered the field of play to treat Eden Hazard for injury in the closing moments of Chelsea's opening game of the season against Swansea.Their treatment of Hazard meant he was forced off the field for the closing stages of the game.
Mourinho was cleared of using discriminatory language towards her following an investigation by the FA. She was subsequently demoted by Mourinho, and left the club shortly afterwards.
Following his sacking from Chelsea, Mourinho may be personally liable for any damages awarded to Carneiro. As an employee of the club he would ahve expected Chelsea to foot any legal bills, but this situation is unclear following his dismissal.
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