Jose Mourinho made a surprise appearance in court today, as he and Eva Carneiro announced that they’ve reached a ‘confidential’ agreement to settle their sex discrimination case.
Mourinho wasn’t due to appear in court until next Monday, when he was to be cross-examined as the jury worked towards a settlement for Ms. Carneiro.
But, on the second day of the tribunal, Carneiro – who resigned from her role at Chelsea in December after claiming Mourinho had called her “the daughter of a whore” in Portuguese – withdrew her claim.
Dr. Carneiro had previously rejected an offer of £1.2m from Chelsea, so the settlement is believed to be more than that sum. As it was agreed upon privately, details of the money will not be made public knowledge. Carneiro was earning a yearly salary of £286,000.
Chelsea made a statement “apologising unreservedly” for the situation, which arose when Carneiro went onto the pitch to attend to Eden Hazard, without instruction from Mourinho.
Carneiro, 42, released her own statement:
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.
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.
Tribunal judge Andrew Freer thanked both parties for settling the agreement.
Dr Carneiro was suing the club for constructive dismissal, unfair dismissal under health and safety laws, sex discrimination and harassment.
She was suing Mourinho for sex discrimination and harassment. Both respondents denied the allegations.