Chelsea could face legal action as the fallout between Jose Mourinho and Eva Carneiro continues, according to specialist employment lawyer Nick Wilcox.
The head doctor at Chelsea has been removed from the touchline, along with her college Jon Fearn, following their decision to treat Eden Hazard in the 2-2 draw with Swansea.
Wilcox, who works for specialist employment firm Brahams Dutt Badrick French, believes Mourinho public criticism of Carneiro was 'disproportionate' and could amount to 'public humiliation', and believes the doctor would be well within her rights to file for constructive dismissal.
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As per the Guardian, Wilcox said: “The employer must not, without reasonable and proper cause, conduct itself in a manner calculated and likely to destroy or seriously damage the relationship of trust and confidence between employer and employee.
“This does look like an arguable case for constructive dismissal, that is the territory you would be investigating as a lawyer if you were acting for her.”
Mourinho has come in for heavy criticism from the Premier League Doctors Association, for his handling of the incident, but it does appears any legal action will be taken by Carneiro.
MOURINHO DEFLECTING BLAME
It appears the Chelsea boss is using the 41-year-old as a scape goat to deflect the pressure of a poor performance in the opening day draw.
Referee Michael Oliver had twice signalled to the Chelsea bench for treatment to be administered to Hazard, and the supports staff's primary concern is the health and fitness of the players and not the result.
A Facebook post by Carneiro will not have helped the situation, as it appeared to undermine Mourinho, but the treatment of the medical staff appears to be overly severe.
The Blues struggled to deal with the fast pace passing of Swansea following the dismissal of Thibaut Courtois and could quite easily have gone on to lose the match.
The incident with Carneiro and Fearn offered Mourinho the perfect platform to deflect responsibility away from his players, something he has done on numerous occasions in the past.