Mour­inho un­der fire over team doc­tor treat­ment


Chelsea man­ager Jose Mour­inho found him­self at the eye of a storm on Thurs­day as crit­i­cism mounted over re­ports he has side­lined the Premier League cham­pi­ons team doc­tor Eva Carneiro.

Bri­tish media re­ports claim Carneiro will no longer at­tend Chelsea s matches or train­ing ses­sions af­ter Mour­inho lam­basted her and phys­io­ther­a­pist Jon Fearn for run­ning onto the pitch to treat Eden Haz­ard dur­ing the lat­ter stages of last week­end s 2-2 draw at home to Swansea City.

The out­spo­ken Mour­inho, who said that Carneiro and Fearn had been "im­pul­sive and naive", has re­ceived wide­spread crit­i­cism, with Liver­pool s for­mer head of sports medicine Peter Brukner brand­ing his be­hav­iour "ab­so­lutely ap­palling".

In a state­ment on Thurs­day, the Premier League Doc­tors Group de­scribed Carneiro s re­ported de­mo­tion as "un­just in the ex­treme". It added: "In the pub­li­cised in­ci­dent in last Satur­day s game against Swansea, the Chelsea med­i­cal staff were clearly sum­moned onto the field of play by the match ref­eree to at­tend to a player. "A re­fusal to run onto the pitch would have breached the duty of care re­quired of the med­i­cal team to their pa­tient. "It is a huge con­cern that Dr Carneiro has been sub­jected to un­prece­dented media scru­tiny and a change in her pro­fes­sional role, merely be­cause she ad­hered to her code of pro­fes­sional con­duct and did her job prop­erly."

Chelsea and Mour­inho are yet to com­ment on re­ports that Carneiro s role has changed, but he is ex­pected to ad­dress the media at his weekly press con­fer­ence on Fri­day.

The chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Football Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion, Ea­monn Salmon, said that Carneiro had been cor­rect not to fac­tor in the sta­tus of the match when she de­cided to go to Haz­ard s aid. "We fully sup­port the ac­tions of our mem­bers and col­leagues in this in­ci­dent, who acted with in­tegrity and pro­fes­sion­al­ism at all times," he said.

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