Former Chelsea player Graeme Le Saux fears that the Eva Carneiro situation at Chelsea could deter women from wanting to work in soccer.
Le Saux is criticizing both the way Chelsea and manager Jose Mourinho handled the situation as well as the English Football Association.
“What concerns me most, given the work I’m doing for the FA, is the impact Mourinho’s behavior may have throughout the whole game,” Le Saux told The Times. “We’re trying to deal with some very sensitive issues and to change the culture of the game.
“Some good people at the FA have taken a kicking after concluding there was insufficient evidence to charge Mourinho, whilst the whole furore may also deter women from becoming involved in football, as well as discouraging clubs from employing them. A lot of people are working very hard to get the game in a better place, but after the last few weeks it feels as if we’ve gone back 30 years.”
Le Saux played over 200 games for Chelsea during his two stints at the club, and he’s sad and disappointed with his former club.
“As someone who was privileged to play for Chelsea for 12 years, I’m saddened that it has come to this. If what started out as a straightforward employer-employee issue had been handled differently, these negative issues would not have arisen.
“The biggest disappointment for me is that Mourinho doesn’t seem to have reflected on the damage he has done to his own image, the reputation of the club and, more important, the reputation of the entire game.”