The Football Medical Association has confirmed that Eva Carneiro’s lawyers will take over her case after the doctor’s split with Chelsea.
The FMA released the following statement on Wednesday on their website:
“The FMA is extremely disappointed that Dr Eva Carneiro will not be resuming her full duties as First Team Doctor at Chelsea Football Club.
“As the representative body for Medicine and Science personnel in the professional game, the FMA aims to protect the rights of its members. Having recently been contacted by Eva, we have offered our full support in attempting to negotiate a satisfactory outcome. Unfortunately this has not resulted in our preferred outcome.
“Chelsea considers this now to be an internal matter and it is for Chelsea and Eva’s appointed Lawyers to discuss any further action. The FMA strongly believe that in matters pertaining to a player’s health and safety, respect for the integrity of the medical professional is paramount.
“The FMA will continue to offer support to Eva on a professional level through what is likely to be a difficult time.”
Carneiro, 42, was suspended by Chelsea after the first Premier League game of the season against Swansea after running onto the pitch to treat Eden Hazard. Hazard had to leave the pitch as he had received treatment, something that angered manager Jose Mourinho as Chelsea was already a man down after goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois had been sent off.
Carneiro was not allowed to attend training sessions and was replaced as the matchday doctor for the team. BBC Sports reported on Tuesday that Carneiro has left her position with the club and is now considering taking legal action.
Mourinho is under investigation by the English Football Association for using abusive language towards Carneiro during the game.
The chair of the FA’s inclusion advisory board, Heather Rabbatts, expressed her “sadness and anger” at news of Carneiro’s departure to The Guardian. “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,” she said.