Greg Dyke, the English FA chairman sent a letter to FA council members after a board meeting Wednesday, criticizing Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
Dyke believes that Mourinho did a poor job in managing the situation with Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro.
“There have been some well-documented issues of late around equality and inclusion in the game, an issue where it is vital we continue to show clear leadership,” Dyke said in his letter that the Daily Mail took part of.
“I felt the handling of the case of the Chelsea doctor, Eva Carneiro, was a good example of this. We supported Heather Rabbatts’ strong statement on the matter earlier in the month.
“Personally I don’t think Mr Mourinho comes well out of the whole saga – he clearly made a mistake in the heat of a game, and should have said so and apologised.
“Instead he has said very little and Miss Carneiro has lost her job.
“Our regulatory team have investigated this and whilst Mr Mourinho has breached no rules it was clearly a failure of his personal judgement and public behaviour. This should be seen as such by the game.?
Heather Rabbatt, who is the head of the FA’s inclusion advisory board, issued the following statement Thursday:
“The FA’s reaction to the treatment of Dr Eva Carneiro has been seriously disappointing. I have major concerns over the way in which the disciplinary process has been conducted and the lack of an organisational response to the wider issues raised by this case.
“We had an announcement late yesterday relating to a high-profile incident which occurred on August 8 and yet it would appear that during that time no witnesses were requested to speak to the FA, including Dr Carneiro, and in the course of the investigation some media were reporting it was likely that no charge was to be brought.
“This is on top of a previous case when clear evidence of sexist and abusive chanting from groups of supporters against Dr Carneiro was apparently not seen as sufficient for a charge to be raised.
“This is not only a personal tragedy but is a setback for player welfare and sends a terrible message to other medics and all those girls and women who aspire to play a role at the top level of professional football.”