Eva Carneiro, Chelsea and Jose Mourinho
Former Chelsea first team doctor Eva Carneiro was involved in perhaps the most widely publicised legal battle in sport in recent years when she made a claim for sex discrimination and constructive dismissal after she left her position in late 2015. The saga began several months before Carneiro’s departure after she was publicly criticised by then manager Jose Mourinho for running onto the field of play to treat an injured player, which drew criticism from leading football figures. Carneiro eventually reached a settlement believed to be worth around £5 million following a long running legal battle, while Chelsea “apologised unreservedly” for how the matter unfolded and the treatment she had received.
John Terry and Anton Ferdinand
Premier League defender John Terry was cleared of a racially aggravated public order offence in 2012 after it was claimed that he racially abused Queens Park Rangers player Anton Ferdinand during an exchange of insults during a Premier League game. Terry was charged with using racist language in late 2011 but the Chelsea captain entered a not guilty plea when the trial began six months later. He was later acquitted of the charge after the court established that it was impossible to tell exactly what had been said during the exchange, though Terry admitted that he had used racist words in a sarcastic way after he believed Ferdinand had accused him of racism. Despite the outcome, the FA still banned Terry for four matches and levied a £220,000 fine.
South African citizen Bob Hewitt was involved in one of the biggest scandals in recent years after he was found guilty of sexual assault and rape following multiple allegations from former tennis students he coached during the 1980s and 1990s. The 76-year-old, who won numerous Doubles Grand Slams during his career, was sentenced to six years in prison in 2015 and he is now serving time in jail after an unsuccessful appeal against the verdict.
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Tom Brady and ‘Deflategate’
Tom Brady’s position as the poster boy of American Football was tested last year after a high profile case nicknamed ‘Deflategate’. Brady and his team, the New England Patriots, were accused of tampering with balls before their playoff game against Indianapolis Colts. What followed was a saga that spanned more than twelve months as a four game ban for Brady was first nullified and then reinstated. The U.S Second Circuit Court of Appeals decided to reverse the previous decision and reinstate the suspension in April 2016 and it has since denied a petition by the NFLPA and Brady to rehear the case. Brady decided to accept the suspension in July after making a “difficult decision” about the legal process.