Former Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro has appeared at a tribunal hearing for her constructive dismissal case against the Premier League champions.

The preliminary hearing took place at the London South Employment Tribunal in Croydon and was held in private before an employment judge.

Carneiro arrived at court holding hands with her husband, Jason De Carteret, and surrounded by her legal team, and made no comment to the waiting members of the press as she entered and later left the building.

After the three-hour hearing, Mary O'Rourke QC, representing Carneiro, said no settlement had been reached and a date had been fixed for the next hearing.

A court spokesman refused to reveal exactly when that would be.

"It was a private hearing and what happened in the hearing is a private matter," he said.

Eva Carneiro at the tribunal hearing in pictures:

The 42-year-old doctor was dropped from first-team duties after then-Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho criticised her and first-team physio Jon Fearn for going on to the pitch to treat Eden Hazard on the opening day of the season.

The action meant that Chelsea were temporarily down to nine men against Swansea, and afterwards Mourinho called Carneiro and Fearn "impulsive and naive".

Carneiro did not appear on the bench again for first-team duties and later parted company with the club.

The hearing was expected to set the timetable for the case, and deal with witness statements and disclosure of documents - including texts and emails - from each side, as well as any legal procedural disputes which currently exist between the two parties.

Chelsea filed their defence in the case last month.

Ouch: Thibaut Courtois of Chelsea is given treatment by Eva Carneiro
Key moment: Jose Mourinho looks on as team doctor Eva Carneiro rushes to treat Eden Hazard
Dugout: Former Chelsea first team doctor and assistant medical director Carneiro

Carneiro also has a separate personal legal action against Mourinho, who left the club in December, for alleged victimisation and discrimination.

Mourinho was cleared of using discriminatory language towards Carneiro following an investigation by the Football Association.

Afterwards, Carneiro and the FA's independent board member, Dame Heather Rabbatts, criticised the governing body for not interviewing the doctor as part of its investigation.

Carneiro has also had backing from FIFA's medical chairman, Michel D'Hooghe, who contacted the doctor to offer his support and that of the world governing body. He has backed Carneiro's insistence that she was simply doing her job.

Timeline: Jose Mourinho's season from hell at Chelsea

Time Line

Timeline: Jose Mourinho's season from hell at Chelsea

  1. Eva row

    August 8 – Mourinho criticises first-team doctor Eva Carneiro and physio Jon Fearn for 'naivety' in running onto the field, at the referee's instruction, to treat Eden Hazard in the opening day draw against Chelsea.

  2. Terry subbed

    August 16 – The Special One hauls captain John Terry off at half-time in the 3-0 defeat to Manchester City; the first time he has taken the defender off in a league game.

  3. Costa row

    September 19 – Mourinho was furious with Arsenal and the FA after Diego Costa was retrospectively banned for a feud with Gunners defenders Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel.

  4. Roman dare

    October 3 – After a 3-1 defeat to Southampton, Mourinho practically dared Roman Abramovich to sack him; prompting the club to issue a vote of confidence.

  5. Referee abuse

    October 3 – In that same press conference, Mourinho criticised referee Robert Madeley and earned a £50,000 fine and a suspended stadium ban, which he is appealing.

  6. Electronic tag

    October 15 – Mourinho hits back at the governing body and says he's delighted he wasn't issued with an electronic tag.

  7. Hazard warning

    October 17 – The Portuguese boss criticises Eden Hazard's work rate after dropping him for their 2-0 win over Aston Villa.

  8. Mourinho meltdown

    October 24 – Mourinho is sent off for accosting Jon Moss during half-time at West Ham as Chelsea are condemned to another defeat.

  9. Capital One Cup exit

    October 27 - Chelsea are dumped out of the League Cup as 10-man Stoke City win on penalties

  10. Halloween horror show

    October 31 - Chelsea are beaten 3-1 at Stamford Bridge by Liverpool. After the game Mourinho delivers a bizarre post-match interview, repeatedly answering questions with: "I have nothing to say".

  11. Stadium ban

    November 2 - Mourinho handed a one-match stadium ban and fined £40,000 for his behaviour during the West Ham defeat.

  12. More woe at Stoke

    November 7 - Chelsea lose their seventh Premier League game of the season, as they go down 1-0 at Stoke. Mourinho serves out his stadium ban.

  13. Bib row

    November 29 - Diego Costa is dropped to the bench and appeared to petulantly throw a bib at Mourinho. The champions are held to a goalless draw at Tottenham.

  14. Shocked by Cherries

    December 5 - The pressure is cranked up further on Mourinho after his side lose 1-0 at home to injury-hit Premier League new boys Bournemouth.

  15. Last game in charge

    December 14 - A ninth league defeat of the season, this time to Leicester, comes days after the Blues qualify for the Champions League knockout stages. The Chelsea boss says afterwards he feels "betrayed" by his players, hinting at a dressing room revolt.

  16. End of the road

    December 17 - Mourinho gets the boot after days of discussions at boardroom level. Chelsea cancel Friday's pre-match press conference.

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