After just a few days of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho been cleared of all charges regarding the saga of Eva Carneiro, the former Chelsea first team doctor has given her first official statement since she was stripped off her sideline duty at Stamford Bridge.
The doctor has expressed her surprise to the fact that the Football Association never asked for any formal statement from herself and she also was shocked how they conducted the investigation entirely depending on media reports.
Carneiro also revealed that she was a victim of sexual abuse last season during West Ham game when she faced several chants during the match. Then also, media highlighted the story but Football Association did not bother to come to seek the truth of the incident. Carneiro blasted the lack of support to women from The FA and top authorities, which has seen less and less female professionals in the game.
Here is the complete statement from Eva Carneiro, where she said: “I was surprised to learn that the FA was allegedly investigating the incident of 8 August via the press. I was at no stage requested by the FA to make a statement. I wonder whether this might be the only formal investigation in this country where the evidence of the individuals involved in the incident was not considered relevant. Choosing to ignore some of the evidence will surely influence the outcome of the findings”.
“Last season I had a similar experience at a game at West Ham FC, where I was subject to verbal abuse. Following complaints by the public, the FA produced a communication to the press saying there had been no sexist chanting during this game. At no time was I approached for a statement despite the fact that vile unacceptable, sexually explicit abuse was clearly heard. It is incidents such as these and the lack of support from the football authorities that make it so difficult for women in the game.”
The statement puts a huge question mark over the investigation procedure of FA.The 42-year-old Gibraltar-born British sports medicine specialist was forced to quit her first team duties and also forced to stop from joining the team to team hotels and training ground. Following that, she left her job and now will use her legal rights to take action against Jose Mourinho and Chelsea football club.