Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro leaves club, FA bigwig ‘sad and angry’ at her plight

Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro has left the club, according to numerous reports.

Mourinho was furious with Blues doctor Eva Carneiro and physio Jon Fearn after both ran onto the pitch during the 2-2 draw with Swansea on August 8 to treat Eden Hazard, who appeared to be injured.

The move briefly left Chelsea down to nine men, with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtoishaving earlier been sent off.

The Portuguse said the pair’s actions were “impulsive and naive” and showed that they did not “understand the game”.

Carneiro had her role significantly reduced in the wake of the affair.

The Gibraltar-born medic was asked to return to work at Chelsea’s Cobham training facility last week, the BBC reported, but apparently elected not to do so.

The Daily Mail claims that she has consulted employment lawyers about her situation, suggesting that her reported refusal to turn up could actually have been prompted by their advice since, “arriving at Cobham would have amounted to accepting the new terms of her employment after being publicly stripped of first team duties.”

“News of Dr Eva Carneiro’s departure from Chelsea FC makes me feel sadness and anger,” said Heather Rabbatts, chair of the FA’s inclusion advisory board.

“Eva was one of the few very senior women in the game, a highly respected doctor who has acted with professional integrity in difficult circumstances and whose skills have been highly praised by her colleagues, the club and governing bodies.”


August 8 – With Chelsea struggling late on in their Barclays Premier League opener at home to Swansea, Hazard went to ground and the referee called for treatment, at which point Carneiro and physio Jon Fearn went on to the pitch to treat him. After the match ended in a 2-2 draw, Mourinho branded his medical staff “impulsive and naive” as treating Hazard meant Chelsea would be temporarily down to nine men – Thibaut Courtois had already been sent off. “Whether you are a kit man, doctor or secretary on the bench you have to understand the game,” Mourinho said.

August 11 – It emerged that Carneiro’s role at the club was to change with a downgrading of responsibilities, limiting her to the team’s training base as she would no longer attend matches.

August 12 – FIFA’s chief medical officer Jiri Dvorak was among those to denounce Chelsea’s treatment of Carneiro, with the medical community pointing out that she and Fearn had no choice but to respond to the referee’s instruction to come on to the pitch.

August 14 – Mourinho confirmed neither Carneiro nor Fearn would be on the bench for Chelsea’s next match against Manchester City, but said they might return in the future.

September 11 – FIFA said it would draw up a new code of practice for team doctors in the wake of the controversy.

September 22 – Carneiro is understood to have parted company with Chelsea, with the strong possibility of legal action to follow regarding a claim of constructive dismissal.

Additional reporting via PA