Carneiro barrister not expecting Chelsea agreement today

Ian Payne

Former Sports Correspondent

Eva Carneiro left Chelsea last year. Credit: PA

The latest battle between the former Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro and ex-manager Jose Mourinho is taking place in South London.

Dr Carneiro arrived at the tribunal in Croydon around 9.15am for a 10am start, arm in arm with her husband and flanked by her legal team. There's been no sign of Mourinho himself - he's not expected to attend. The Chelsea lawyers hugely outnumbered Carneiro's.

It's the latest attempt to bring about a settlement between the two following her acrimonious departure from the club earlier in the season. Dr Carneiro left Chelsea after she was publicly criticised by Mourinho for coming on to the pitch towards the end of the club's match against Swansea at Stamford Bridge in August. She ran onto the playing area to treat injured player Eden Hazard. Mourinho berated her fiercely as she returned to the dug out, as her intervention left Chelsea with only nine men on the pitch. He later claimed she had been "naive" and banished her from any first team affairs.

Jose Mourinho was critical of his former doctor last year. Credit: PA

Dr Carneiro's legal team are claiming substantial damages for unfair dismissal. Her 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."

If nothing is resolved on Monday in a private hearing before a judge, a public tribunal date has been set for 6 June this year, Which means everything discussed will be disclosed in the open. The two sides could agree to a settlement without a judge between now and then. And with Mourinho hoping to be back in football in time for next season, it may be he'll want this out of the way by the summer.