Eva Carneiro's constructive dismissal and sex discrimination claim against Chelsea appears to be heading to a full public hearing after her representative revealed the two parties lie "so far apart financially".
Carneiro’s barrister, Mary O’Rourke, also revealed that the former team doctor is also demanding a "public apology" from former head coach Jose Mourinho, the supposed instigator of her acrimonious departure from Stamford Bridge.
O’Rourke 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.”
Carneiro was present in front of an employment judge at London South Employment Tribunal in Croydon on Monday. Representatives from Chelsea were also present at a set of proceedings aimed at avoiding the public hearing.
If a settlement cannot be agreed, the public hearing is likely to be held in June and could see Mourinho, no longer at Chelsea, called to give evidence.
The Portuguese doctor could be entitled to a six-figure compensation package after being dismissed from the first-team bench by Mourinho.
The decision followed a public berating from the Special One, who was unhappy with her entering the field of play to treat Eden Hazard during a 2-2 draw with Swansea City.
'Impulsive and naive'
Mourinho called Carneiro “impulsive and naive” for leaving the bench to treat the winger, but she was later backed by a host of medical peers.
It has been theorised that his actions against Carneiro played a significant role in his eventual dismissal.
Carneiro also has a separate personal legal action against Mourinho for alleged victimisation and discrimination.