FIFA’s medical chief Jiri Dvorak has backed Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro and head physio Jon Fearn after they were suspended by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho from sitting on the Chelsea bench in the match against Manchester City.

Mourinho removed team doctor Eva Carneiro and head physiotherapist Jon Fearn from match-day duties last weekend.

The Portuguese was angered when Carneiro and Fearn ran on to treat Eden Hazard on the closing minutes of the game during the 2-2 draw with Swansea City on the season’s opening weekend, which temporarily left Chelsea with nine players after goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois had earlier been sent off.

FIFA’s medical chief Jiri Dvorak warned all head coaches on Friday and stated that their opinion is irrelevant when it comes to players’ health and safety in a stinging rebuke to Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.

Dvorak told Mourinho to concentrate on playing matters and not medical issues, “In medical terms, when it comes to medical diagnosis, the coach has nothing to say,” FIFA chief medical officer Dvorak told the ruling body’s weekly magazine.

“It is at the sole discretion of the doctor and we at FIFA will always endorse that.”

“It is our professional rule and our ethical duty to look after the players’ health. If we let coaches intervene, we can end up with a situation where a player suffers a serious health issue as a consequence of a lack of medical attention.”

“And then the one to be held responsible will be the doctor, not the coach.”

Chelsea are going to face West Bromwich Albion away at Hawthorns on Sunday and we have to see if Mourinho let the duo from medical team allow to do their jobs or not.


    Snehanjan Banerjee closely follows English Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga and Serie A along with other world football events.

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