Eva Carneiro breaks silence following Chelsea bust up

Former Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro has reacted with disappointment to the news that Jose Mourinho will not face any punishment for their public bust up back in August by claiming that at no point was she consulted by the FA over her version of events, The Guardian reports.

Mourinho is alleged to have made derogatory and discriminatory remarks towards Carneiro during the opening day 2-2 draw with Swansea at Stamford Bridge after she stepped onto the pitch to treat midfielder Eden Hazard (via Guardian). She was then removed from her first team duties following the incident (via Guardian).

Mourinho has subsequently been cleared by the FA of any wrongdoing (via Guardian), though Carniero has stated that nobody from the FA came to her to gather evidence.

“I was surprised to learn that the FA was allegedly investigating the incident of 8th of August via the press,” said Carneiro in a 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.

“Last season I had a similar experience at a game at West Ham FC, where I was subject to verbal abuse,” Carneiro continued. “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. I admire what Heather Rabbatts has done and thank her and friends and colleagues who have supported me at this very difficult time.”

This is almost certainly the latest page in the FA’s handbook of how to deal with situations badly.

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