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Friday 23 March 2018

Eva Carneiro to make first public appearance since Chelsea sacking

Eva Carneiro
Eva Carneiro

Jason Burt

Dr Eva Carneiro is to make her first public appearance since leaving Chelsea having agreed to be a speaker at a prestigious sports medical conference in London next week.

Carneiro is currently working for the Aspetar sports medical hospital in Qatar and is still pursuing claims of constructive dismissal against Chelsea and sex discrimination against former manager Jose Mourinho.

The 42-year-old is due to speak at the annual international conference on sports rehabilitation and traumatology – Return to Play – organised by Isokinetic Medical Group at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in central London next weekend from April 9-11.

Also among the speakers is Jon Fearn, the Chelsea first-team physiotherapist, who has recently returned to the bench for the team following the controversial incident last August when he and Carneiro clashed with Mourinho after running onto the pitch to treat Eden Hazard during the closing stages of the 2-2 draw with Swansea City on the opening day of the season last August.

Carneiro and Fearn were later accused of being “impulsive and naïve” by Mourinho who was roundly condemned for his treatment of the pair who were demoted from first-team duties.

Carneiro did not return to work and although Fearn did he was only told he would be going back on the bench recently, for the home draw against West Ham United.

More than 2,000 delegates from 83 countries will join the 172 speakers at the conference and discussions will include the forthcoming Euro 2016 finals, keeping players fit for the end of the season and the management of concussion.

There will be representatives from more than 100 clubs including Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid. Juventus, Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal in what will be the largest gathering of sports medical professionals in the world.

“The world of football is all about Return to Play and the only question doctors, players and managers seem to care about is when the player be back playing? The conference aims to give a wider vision of the ways in which you can safely return players to the field of play,” Mike Davison, the managing director of Isokinetic London and the conference’s host, said.

The conference will be opened by Michel D’Hooghe, a Fifa executive committee member, and other speakers include Fifa’s chief medical officer Professor Jiri Divorak who condemned Mourinho’s behaviour towards Carneiro and Fearn at the time reminding him it was their “ethical duty to look after the players’ health”.

Carneiro has subsequently launched separate but connected legal claims against Chelsea and Mourinho in November, and at a private hearing at London South Employment Tribunal earlier this month Mary O'Rourke QC revealed her client was also seeking a public apology from Mourinho as well as financial compensation.

If no settlement can be reached, the case is set for a public tribunal on June 6 where witnesses can be called and emails and text messages can also be disclosed. Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea in December after a poor run of results.

Carneiro is working during the week in Qatar and it has also been claimed she is taking up a job in her native Gibraltar.

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