Friday 20 October 2017

TV footage shows doctor answering back Mourinho

Eva Carneiro (Mike Egerton/PA Wire)
Eva Carneiro (Mike Egerton/PA Wire)

Sam Wallace

A fuller extent of Jose Mourinho's angry exchange with Eva Carneiro last Saturday emerged yesterday, with the footage from Sky Sports showing that the Chelsea doctor responded more than once to the aggressive admonishment from the club's manager.

The broadcaster also released the footage of the aftermath of the foul on Eden Hazard by Gylfi Sigurdsson in the 2-2 draw with Swansea which precipitated the argument.

Referee Michael Oliver can be seen twice indicating to the Chelsea medical team to come on to the pitch and treat the winger.

Had Carneiro and head physiotherapist Jon Fearn not responded to the referee's signal, they could have been in breach of General Medical Council guidelines on patient care.

As things stand, Carneiro will not be on the bench for the game against Manchester City on Sunday and there is doubt as to whether she will continue in her much reduced role at the club, restricted to the medical department inside the training ground at Cobham.

The club have refused to comment on Carneiro's current status and it is unclear whether she has returned to Cobham since the decision was made about the restriction of her duties. Her response in the footage released by Sky Sports demonstrates that she is unafraid to express her point of view to Mourinho.

Today Mourinho will be asked about his decision to remove Carneiro from frontline duties, described as "unjust in the extreme" by her fellow Premier League doctors.

The footage from the touchline released by Sky Sports shows a furious Mourinho walking across the opposition technical area to confront first Carneiro and then Fearn after the Hazard incident. On three occasions, Carneiro responds to him. Fearn, by contrast, says nothing.

Mourinho and Carneiro are understood to have had differences in the past but the manager had been supportive of his medical department in the few days before the game.

The condemnation of Chelsea and Mourinho's demotion of Carneiro has been led by the medical bodies most closely affiliated to the medical professionals who work in elite sport.

The Premier League doctors' group and the Football Medical Association have both criticised Mourinho for his decision on Carneiro.

Yesterday, the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine (FSEM), which oversees training and sports medicine, said that Carneiro should not have restrictions placed upon her work simply because of her treating a patient.

In a statement on Carneiro's response to Hazard's injury, the FSEM said: "A Sport and Exercise Medicine [SEM] doctor's duty is to the health and medical welfare of his/her athlete at all times and a doctor must be allowed to make a proper evaluation of the medical injury.

"The SEM doctor's duty to the health and welfare of the athlete should be determined on clinical grounds and not be influenced by third parties such as coaches and management. © Independent News Service

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