Eva Carneiro Reportedly Seeking Reinstatement, Damages from Chelsea

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistDecember 12, 2015

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08:  Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho looks on as team doctor Eva Carneiro rushes to treat Eden Hazard during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Swansea City at Stamford Bridge on August 8, 2015 in London, England.(Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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The Eva Carneiro and Jose Mourinho issue isn't going away for Chelsea. The former team doctor criticised by Mourinho following the opening day of the Premier League season is pursuing legal damages and reinstatement.

The official date for Carneiro's case against Mourinho and the Blues has now been set for early 2016, according to Sky Sports News HQ Twitter:

Carneiro is pushing for reinstatement to her previous role, the same source confirms:

She was suspended from the dugout after Mourinho criticised his medical staff for entering the pitch in Chelsea's season-opening 2-2 draw with Swansea City at Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho was angry that his team had been reduced in numbers when they were chasing the game, according to the Telegraph's Matt Law. Carneiro officially took legal action in early November, per Sky Sports.

Part of her claim reportedly centers on allegations of sexual discrimination against Mourinho:

Carneiro made similar claims in an October statement that was critical of the English Football Association's own investigation into the original touchline spat. Specifically, Carneiro didn't like that she wasn't asked to give her own account of the incident, an omission she stated also occurred in a previous case, according to the Independent's James Orr:

Last season I had a similar experience at a game at West Ham FC, where I was subject to verbal abuse. Following complaints by the public, the FA produced a communication to the press saying there had been no sexist chanting during this game. At no time was I approached for a statement despite the fact that vile unacceptable, sexually explicit abuse was clearly heard.

The FA's own language analysis cleared Mourinho of using discriminatory language. In response, campaign group Women in Football insisted Mourinho had made abusive comments, citing its own language expert, per BBC Sport. Carneiro has not given up the discrimination charge.

The incident between Mourinho, Carneiro and Chelsea's medical staff was a precursor for the club's disastrous Premier League title defence. It's also become a symbol for the questions that have been raised about Mourinho's position, especially in light of eight league defeats and his own war of words with the FA.

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