Tuesday 6 December 2016

Premier League to reaffirm the importance of player safety

Published 08/06/2016 | 15:56

Former Chelsea club doctor Eva Carneiro (left) was criticised by then manager Jose Mourinho for running onto the pitch to treat midfielder Eden Hazard
Former Chelsea club doctor Eva Carneiro (left) was criticised by then manager Jose Mourinho for running onto the pitch to treat midfielder Eden Hazard

The Premier League will highlight to managers that player safety is the primary responsibility of club doctors ahead of an already scheduled meeting with chairman of the doctors' group for top-flight teams.

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On Tuesday, Chelsea apologised ''unreservedly'' to ex-first team doctor Eva Carneiro after reaching a settlement with her over constructive dismissal claims, which had been brought to a n employment tribunal.

Carneiro had, along with physio Jon Fearn, been criticised by then Blues manager Jose Mourinho, now in charge at Manchester United, for going on to the pitch to treat Eden Hazard during the opening day of the Barclays Premier League season last August. She was subsequently stripped of her first-team duties, before eventually leaving Stamford Bridge.

The Football Medical Association said Carneiro has now been " completely exonerated" by Chelsea, with a club statement having since put on record that in running onto the pitch she was "following both the rules of the game and fulfilling her responsibility to the players as a doctor, putting their safety first."

In an interview with The Times, Mark Gillett, chairman of the Premier League Doctors' Group (PLDG), called for more clarification from the game's stakeholders to make the relationship of doctor/patient on the pitch "crystal clear to everyone in football".

The Premier League has a close relationship with the PLDG, which is an independent organisation, and hold regular meetings.

Press Association Sport understands the Premier League has spoken to Dr Gillett and will be meeting again with the PLDG later this year as planned.

In the meantime, the Premier League will also highlight the issues involved to managers of all 20 member clubs.

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