Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has come under severe criticism for his treatment of club doctor Eva Carneiro, who has been axed from matchday duties by the club.
Mourinho was annoyed with his medical staff for entering the pitch to treat midfielder Eden Hazard in the third minute of stoppage time during Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Swansea City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. With goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois already off the pitch after seeing red on 52 minutes, the Blues briefly went down to nine men after the staff ran on to treat Hazard.
An irate Mourinho suggested after the match that his medical staff did not understand the game. “I wasn’t happy with them because even if you are a medical doctor or secretary on the bench, you have to understand the game,” he said. “I was sure that Eden didn’t have a serious problem. He had a knock and was very tired.
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“My medical department left me with eight fit outfield players in a counterattack after a set piece and we were worried we didn’t have enough players left. I was unhappy with my medical staff. They were impulsive and naive.”
Carneiro later posted on Facebook to thank the public for their support, which is unlikely to have amused Chelsea, or indeed Mourinho.
I would like to thank the general public for their overwhelming support. Really very much appreciated.