Jose Mourinho tribunal: 'Clubs might think hiring women is dangerous territory', warns leading sports journalist

The high-profile court case involving Chelsea Football Club, their ex-manager Jose Mourinho, now of Manchester United, and the club's former first-team doctor Eva Carneiro has left the medic unlikely to get another job in football and is in danger of "becoming a gender issue" warns prominent football writer Jim White.

Eva Carneiro arrives at the tribunal in Croydon

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The high-profile court case involving Chelsea Football Club, their ex-manager Jose Mourinho and the club's former first-team doctor Eva Carneiro has left the medic unlikely to get another job in football and is in danger of "becoming a gender issue" warns prominent football writer Jim White. 

The three parties reached an undisclosed settlement over Carneiro's constructive dismissal, discrimination and victimisation claims at the London South Employment Tribunal in Croydon on Tuesday afternoon, with Chelsea later issuing a statement saying that they "apologised unreservedly to [Dr. Carneiro] and her family for the distress caused". 

While Mourinho, now in charge at Manchester United FC, did not apologise publicly, the statement added that he thanked the doctor for the "excellent and dedicated support she provided as first-team doctor and he wishes her a successful career".

The likelihood of that successful career being in professional football in England has receded massively thanks to the court case, believes The Telegraph's White.

"It opens up all sorts of areas of football," he told Julia Hartley-Brewer before the outcome was announced.

"I think Eva Carneiro has a lot to lose, it's going to be very difficult for her to get another job in football. 

"Jose Mourinho is already regarded as an abrasive man anyway, I don't think this will damage him. 

"What I fear is this might become a gender issue. A lot of football clubs might think hiring women is dangerous territory."