Chelsea doctor row Q&A
Published 13/08/2015 | 10:28
Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro will no longer attend club matches or training sessions after angering Jose Mourinho by coming on to the pitch with colleague Jon Fearn to treat Eden Hazard late in Saturday's 2-2 draw with Swansea.
Here Press Association Sport looks at what is really going on in the row which has dominated the sporting week.
So, uhm, what's up, doc?
Chelsea, down to 10 men after the dismissal of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, were left hanging on for a 2-2 draw at home to Swansea on Saturday. Hazard went down injured late on, prompting Carneiro and Fearn to enter the pitch and treat him. But that left Mourinho fuming on the touchline as he gestured frantically and shouted angrily. After the match, Mourinho accused the doctors of being naive regarding the game situation as their treatment of Hazard meant the player had to come off the pitch, leaving Chelsea temporarily with nine players. It has since emerged that Carneiro's role with the club is changing significantly and she will no longer attend matches or training sessions.
That seems a bit harsh. Did the doctors do anything wrong?
According to the Premier League Doctors' Group, Carneiro and Fearn had no option but to enter the pitch and treat Hazard - and would have been in breach of their duty of care if they had failed to do so. Under existing guidelines, a player can request treatment, or the referee can decide to call for it if he believes the player needs it. Referee Michael Oliver signalled for the doctors to come on as Hazard remained down, which would seem to make it an open-and-shut case - the doctors did everything right.
Does Jose even have a point, then?
Mourinho has received some limited support from former managers and players, who said they at least understood his frustration as events occurred in real time. But his decision to make an issue of it in his post-match comments, and the apparent reduction of Carneiro's role in the wake of the incident, has created a huge storm in which Chelsea are not looking too good.
Shouldn't Mourinho have been more concerned about Hazard?
It's not clear to what extent he was injured. We're not going to say he was definitely trying to waste time by staying down, but, let's be honest, it wouldn't be the first time a player has done that. If Mourinho was worried about needlessly being reduced to nine, we might ask why he has not criticised his star player for staying down and requesting treatment if he did not really require it. And if Hazard did need treatment, the player might be left wondering why his manager didn't seem to care.
What else might this be about?
Mourinho has rarely been short of a scapegoat when one is required. Whether it be 'media campaigns', dodgy floodlights, other teams gifting his rivals results (see Sporting Gijon v Barcelona, 2012) or the always reliable complaints about referees, Mourinho is a master at deflecting attention from a poor performance from his side. This might be taking things a bit far, but one thing that has barely been discussed since Saturday is Chelsea dropping points at home.
What happens next?
Mourinho is due to give a press conference before the trip to Manchester City, and should he front up, there will be only one line of questioning. But there have also been suggestions that owner Roman Abramovich has been angered by the way the situation has spiralled, while other reports claim Carneiro could have a case for constructive dismissal should she so choose. It might be a while before this one is over.