Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro is all set to take legal actions against club manager Jose Mourinho.
The team doctor was suspended by Jose Mourinho from the sidelines for ‘unprofessional’ behaviour in the game against Swansea City in the season opener.
Mourinho lashed out at Chelsea’s doctor Eva Carneiro after his side’s controversial 2-2 draw against Swansea City at the Stamford Bridge on the day one of the 2015-16 Premier League. Chelsea were reduced to 10 men and were being held to a 2-2 draw at home when Eva went on to the pitch to treat Eden Hazard, who was down with a knock in the dying moments of the game.
Jose insisted that the members in the bench be it a kit-man or a doctor or a secretary should be aware of the match. Since then Eva Carneiro never featured in the Chelsea reserve bench.
A few days back we had reported that FIFA’s medical committee will discuss Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho’s treatment of club doctor Eva Carneiro in their next meeting in September.
The medical committee’s chairman Michael D’Hooghe confirmed that they have included the issue happened at Stamford Bridge between Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and Chelsea first team doctor Eva Carneiro and head physio Jon Fearn.
According to media reports, an allegation of sexism would form part of the case, with Carneiro claiming that Mourinho referred to her as his “secretary” in the post-match press conference.
Mourinho had said in his previous press conference: “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.”
Speaking at the Soccerex Convention in Manchester, Marie O’Rourke said: “Ninety-five percent of secretaries are women. Everyone listening to that would have taken it as a comment that women don’t know anything about football.
“If you put that statement out to 100 people, 99 of them would interpret it the same way.
“The medical team did nothing wrong because their duty was to the player as their patient. Their job in the club is to look after the players, not to run the team and be tactically aware.
“The courts of appeal have confirmed that the medical team owe a duty to the player to look after him as a patient. If you have a manager barring them from coming on, you are preventing them doing the duty they are obliged to do.”