Doctor in Mourinho dispute criticises FA


October 03, 2015

Doctor in Mourinho dispute criticises FA

THE English Football Association is failing to tackle sexism and making life difficult for women, former Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro said yesterday as she broke almost two months of silence on a dispute with manager Jose Mourinho that has engulfed the club.

Mourinho publicly criticised Carneiro after she ran onto the field to treat an injured player near the end of Chelsea's opening game of the season, and her duties were later downgraded.

FA chairman Greg Dyke believes Mourinho committed "a failure of his personal judgment and public behaviour" by rebuking Carneiro in public. But the FA cleared Mourinho of directing discriminatory comments toward Carneiro on the sideline without interviewing her as part of the investigation.

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"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," Carneiro said in a statement. "Choosing to ignore some of the evidence will surely influence the outcome of the findings."

Carneiro feels the FA also did not adequately address "verbal abuse" she endured during a game at West Ham last season.

"Following complaints by the public, the FA produced a communication to the press saying there had been no sexist chanting during this game," she said.

"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."

The statement is likely to intensify the pressure on Mourinho to apologise.

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