Monday 11 December 2017

Eva Carneiro is the centre of attention because she's a woman and she spoke out

Chelsea Team Doctor Eva Carneiro. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday August 12, 2015. Jose Mourinho's behaviour towards Chelsea first-team doctor Eva Carneiro has been
Chelsea Team Doctor Eva Carneiro. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday August 12, 2015. Jose Mourinho's behaviour towards Chelsea first-team doctor Eva Carneiro has been "absolutely appalling", according to leading sports physician Peter Brukner. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

Rachel Beresford

HANDS UP who recognises the name Jon Fearn?... Now, hands up with recognises the name Eva Carneiro?

I have no doubt that very few people can tell me who that first-named person is, whereas I'm sure everyone knows exactly who Eva Carneiro is, or as she is more commonly known now, Dr Eva Carneiro.

Carneiro is, of course, the Chelsea medic who has been banished from the bench by Blues boss Jose Mourinho.

The 41-year-old has been hot topic in the news, on social media and no doubt in every pub across the globe, since Mourinho singled her out for criticism after she ran onto the pitch in Chelsea's Premier League opener last Saturday to treat Eden Hazard.

But hang on, she wasn't actually singled out at all, yet all eyes are fixed on her.

And there are two simple reasons for that — firstly, and rather obviously, it's because she is a woman. And secondly, it's because she spoke out.

The Special One was blasted for hitting out at Carneiro - but Mourinho didn't just hit out at Carneiro, he hit out at his medical TEAM - and that team includes head physiotherapist Jon Fearn, who also entered the pitch.

"I wasn't happy with my medical staff because even if you are a medical doctor or secretary on the bench, you have to understand the game," Mourinho said after the 2-2 draw with Swansea.

"My medical department left me with eight fit outfield players in a counter attack after a set piece and we were worried we didn't have enough players left."

Again, hands up who can see the name 'EVA CARNEIRO' there?

Mourinho didn't single Carneiro out for criticism - the media, and the Mourinho-bashers did.

Why though? Well, she's a woman isn't she. And that little detail changes everything. All of a sudden this small sports story becomes worldwide news.

The fact that Carneiro is a woman had nothing to do with Mourinho's outburst —until the general public decided it did and so the saga began.

Don't get me wrong here, I don't agree with Mourinho's actions. And by actions, I mean removing his medics from the bench, not his reaction after they stormed the pitch because that, that I agree with.

I thought it was clear Hazard wasn't badly injured and I also thought the medics were very quick to tend to him. My first thought, like Mourinho, was that he'd have to go off and the Blues were already down to 10 men.

But then I had the benefit of TV replays, which showed the referee summoning for Carneiro and Fearn. But Mourinho didn't have this luxury and thus his reaction, an instantaneous one my I add, was a symptom of that.

He was immediately incensed. And in that split second, does anyone really believe he had enough time to process what was happening and decide it happened because she was a woman? Of course not.

And the proof is in the pudding, pudding that the general public have simply decided not to dine on because it is more newsworthy to label Mourinho a sexist, more interesting for social media to debate how disgusting his behaviour was rather than accept this for what it was - a  "disagreement" between a manager and TWO of his medical staff.

It's reverse sexism, isn't it? The only type of sexism that is allowed.

Carneiro has received widespread support from everyone from former Chelsea players to top dogs at FIFA. But where's the support for Fearn? I, for one, have barely seen his name mentioned.

And that is both a result of his gender — or rather Eva's — as well as his counterpart's clever manipulation of the situation.

Carneiro came out on Facebook and Twitter thanking the public for their support — a move that surely hasn't gone down well with Mourinho, as I'm sure it wouldn't with many other managers.

In the past, players have been slapped with fines and match bans for posting on social media — Rio Ferdinand was fined by the FA and hit with a three-match ban — and this season his namesake, QPR director of Football Les, has proposed a Twitter ban at the London club.

Carneiro should have remained silent. Instead she added fuel to the fire and as a result has kept Chelsea in the headlines ahead of their clash with Manchester City on Sunday.

But Jon Fearn has kept a dignified silence - which is probably why he's likely to have a future at Chelsea. Meanwhile, Carneiro will probably leave and Mourinho will be blamed for chasing one of the very few females we have in football straight out of the game.

The stories really do write themselves!

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