Former Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro has spoken out for the first time about the fallout with Jose Mourinho and her decision to leave the club.
Carneiro, 42, was suspended from working with the matchday squad after a fallout with manager Jose Mourinho after Carneiro went onto the pitch to treat Eden Hazard opening game of the season against Swansea.
Mourinho thought that Carneiro and her assistant should have stayed on the sideline as Hazard had to go off the pitch before going back into the game after receiving treatment on the field. This lead to Carneiro being demoted, and she decided last week to leave her job. She spoke out about the incident and the investigation by the English FA in a statement.
“I was surprised to learn that the FA was allegedly investigating the incident of 8 August via the press,” Carneiro said in the statement. “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.”
Carneiro added that the climate for women working in soccer is harsh and that the FA isn’t doing enough to help women that are in the game.
“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.”