Eva Carneiro, the medical specialist of Chelsea, has quit her job after a dispute with Jose Mourinho.
Doctor Eva Carneiro, head of the medical team of Chelsea Football Club, has left the club, six weeks after her disputes with the manager Jose Mourinho.
In the much publicized dispute, Mourinho had called the medical team of the club “impulsibe and naive” for entering the pitch late on in the opening day 2-2 draw with Swansea. Eva Carneiro and physio Jon Fearn had treated Eden Hazard with minutes remaining of the game, leaving the Blues temporarily down to 10 men.
Carneiro, who has been working in the club since 2009, was subsequently removed from her position on the Chelsea bench during matches and told to instead work with the players at the Cobham training ground.
Reports have it that, she has stayed away from the club since the incident and posted a message of thanks to well wishers on Facebook two days after the game.
The European Football Association is reportedly also reviewing complaints that Mourinho used abusive or sexist language towards Carneiro. According to BBC Sports, Rabbatts, the FA only female board member, has been vocal in her support of Carneiro, whom she said acted “properly”.
Her departure raises a serious question on how players are safeguarded if their medical support is compromised. The footage of the abuse she has endured in silence from the stands during her career is something we should all be ashamed of.
I hope that Eva’s own situation can be resolved quickly and positively and that she will be able to continue to work in a senior position within the game.
The Women in Football group said Carneiro was highly respected and it was “bitterly disappointed” about her departure.
Chelsea asked Eva Carneiro, 42, to return to work, but she has decided not to and is now considering her legal position.