English Premier League doctors on Thursday labelled Jose Mourinho’s slighting and sidelining of The Blues’ female doctor, Dr Eva Carneiro “unjust in the extreme”, according to AFP.
Mourinho hogged the British media headlines after strongly criticising Carneiro and physiotherapist Jon Fearn for getting onto the pitch during their new season opener against Swansea City and attending to an injured Eden Hazard whom the centre referee believed needed a treatment.
The Chelsea boss could not stomach the 2-2 final scoreline, and blamed Carneiro for adding to Chelsea’s injury-induced team depletion during the match with that action.
There have also been British media reports that Mourinho has consequently sidelined Carneiro – that she will no longer attend Chelsea’s matches or training sessions.
According to AFP report, Mourinho, who said that Carneiro and Fearn had been “impulsive and naïve”, has received widespread criticism, with former Liverpool doctor Peter Brukner branding his behaviour “absolutely appalling”.
The Premier League Doctors’ Group said in a statement: “The Premier League Doctor’s Group considers that removing Dr Eva Carneiro from the Chelsea team bench for their next match is unjust in the extreme.
“In the publicised incident in last Saturday’s game against Swansea, the Chelsea medical staff were clearly summoned on to 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.”
The body pledged that Carneiro, who joined Chelsea in 2009, had its “universal and total support”.
Mourinho is expected to make an official statement at his weekly press conference on Friday, especially concerning reports that Dr Carneiro’s role at Chelsea has changed.