"We deplore her treatment by the club" - Women in Football respond to Eva Carniero's tribunal settlement

The group, a network of 1,600 professional women working in and around the football, threw their support behind the former Chelsea club doctor

Eva Carniero, Chelsea, Tribunal

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Women in sport support network 'Women in Football' have backed Dr. Eva Carniero and welcomed the decision by Chelsea Football Club and Jose Mourinho to settle their employment tribunal. 

Dr Carneiro took legal action against the club and former manager claiming constructive dismissal and the group have said "they completely deplore and condemn her treatment by the club".

"Women in Football are delighted that Eva’s name has been rightly cleared and her professional reputation as a doctor upheld," their statement reads.

"Eva has been courageous in her fight for a public apology from Chelsea and acknowledgement that on the day in question she was simply doing her job.  

"We completely deplore and condemn her treatment by the club since and welcome their unreserved apology. 

"We believe that every female employee in the football industry has the right to go about their working lives without being targeted for or subjected to discriminatory abuse. 

"In addition it is also disappointing that Dr Carneiro's understanding of football was called into question when she was acting with professionalism and integrity and doing her duty as club doctor.

"Jose Mourinho's post-match comments and the club's subsequent actions questioned and put at risk her professional reputation and a career which so far has been immaculate. No one should be prevented from doing their job in this way. 

"WIF hope that by working with football authorities and clubs we can bring about a greater understanding of the barriers in the industry that women routinely face and that more women will follow Eva’s example by standing up for equality."

The settlement between both sides has been reached, but will remain private. You can find out more about WiF by clicking 'WiF'.