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Eva Carneiro leaves Chelsea following Jose Mourinho fallout

Published 22/09/2015

Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro has received plenty of support on social media following Jose Mourinho's criticism of her
Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro has received plenty of support on social media following Jose Mourinho's criticism of her

Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro has left the club six weeks after she was criticised by manager Jose Mourinho.

Carneiro is understood to have parted company with Chelsea following the incident on the opening day of the season when she was criticised by manager Jose Mourinho. It is understood likely that she will launch a claim for constructive dismissal.

The 41-year-old has not worked for the Premier League champions since coming on the pitch – against the wishes of manager, Jose Mourinho – to treat Eden Hazard.

Mourinho, who did not think Hazard seriously injured enough to be taken off, has not permitted her to attend the club’s training centre at Cobham or the team hotel.

Mourinho, who had seen goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois, dismissed earlier in the match, alleged that Carneiro and Fearn should have realised that bringing Hazard off would have reduced his team to eight outfield players.

He said: “Even if you are a kit man, a doctor or a secretary on the bench, you have to understand the game. I was sure he hadn’t a serious problem. He was very tired but my medical department, on an impulse, was naïve and left me with eight outfield players on a counter-attack.”

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However in video footage the match referee Michael Oliver can be seen twice indicating to the Chelsea medical team to come onto the pitch and treat the winger.

Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro (left) and physio Jon Fearn (right) came in for criticism from manager Jose Mourinho.
Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro (left) and physio Jon Fearn (right) came in for criticism from manager Jose Mourinho.

Had Carneiro and head physiotherapist Jon Fearn not responded to the referee’s signal, they could have been in breach of General Medical Council guidelines on patient care.

The condemnation of Chelsea and Mourinho’s demotion of Carneiro has been led by the medical bodies most closely affiliated to the medical professionals who work in elite sport. The Premier League doctors’ group and the Football Medical Association have both criticised Mourinho for his decision on Carneiro.

Football Association board member Heather Rabbatts has expressed her "sadness and anger" at news of Carneiro's departure from the club.

Rabbatts said Carneiro had been subjected to verbal abuse and criticism after running on to the pitch to treat Eden Hazard - Chelsea were then temporarily reduced to nine men against Swansea as Hazard had to leave the field.

"News of Dr Eva Carneiro's departure from Chelsea FC makes me feel sadness and anger," said Rabbatts, who is chair of the FA's inclusion advisory board.

"Eva was one of the few very senior women in the game, a highly respected doctor who has acted with professional integrity in difficult circumstances and whose skills have been highly praised by her colleagues, the club and governing bodies."

Painful reaction: Eden Hazard receives the treatment from Eva Carneiro which led to Jose Mourinho’s public criticism
Painful reaction: Eden Hazard receives the treatment from Eva Carneiro which led to Jose Mourinho’s public criticism

Timeline

August 8 - With Chelsea struggling late on in their Barclays Premier League opener at home to Swansea, Hazard went to ground and the referee called for treatment, at which point Carneiro and physio Jon Fearn went on to the pitch to treat him. After the match ended in a 2-2 draw, Mourinho branded his medical staff "impulsive and naive" as treating Hazard meant Chelsea would be temporarily down to nine men - Thibaut Courtois had already been sent off. "Whether you are a kit man, doctor or secretary on the bench you have to understand the game," Mourinho said.

August 11 - It emerged that Carneiro's role at the club was to change with a downgrading of responsibilities, limiting her to the team's training base as she would no longer attend matches.

August 12 - FIFA's chief medical officer Jiri Dvorak was among those to denounce Chelsea's treatment of Carneiro, with the medical community pointing out that she and Fearn had no choice but to respond to the referee's instruction to come on to the pitch.

August 14 - Mourinho confirmed neither Carneiro nor Fearn would be on the bench for Chelsea's next match against Manchester City, but said they might return in the future.

September 11 - FIFA said it would draw up a new code of practice for team doctors in the wake of the controversy.

September 22 - Carneiro is understood to have parted company with Chelsea, with the strong possibility of legal action to follow regarding a claim of constructive dismissal.

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