Former Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro has hit out at the Football Association’s handling of Jose Mourinho’s disciplinary case, after recently parting ways with the club.
Carneiro was banished from the touchline by Mourinho after an incident that took place in the latter stages of the clash with Swansea on 8 August.
The doctor was waved onto the pitch by the match referee to attend to Eden Hazard, who seemingly required treatment following a strong challenge from an opposition player.
Oddly, Mourinho took exception to Carneiro’s actions and has faced widespread criticism for the manner in which he chastised the doctor before having her removed from the medical team. However, the Portuguese tactician has subsequently been cleared of any wrongdoing by English football’s governing body.
Carneiro has now finally broken her silence, saying she was not asked by the FA to give a statement on the incident.
“I was surprised to learn that the FA was allegedly investigating the incident of 8th of August via the press,” she said in a statement to Press Association Sport.
“I was at no stage requested by the FA to make a statement.
“I wonder whether this might be the only formal investigation in this country where the evidence of the individuals involved in the incident was not considered relevant.
“Choosing to ignore some of the evidence will surely influence the outcome of the findings.”
The FA responded by claiming they had been in contact with Carneiro’s lawyers, who did not make a statement, despite having the opportunity to do so.
The FA said in response to Carneiro’s statement: “We have never received any information or complaint from Dr Carneiro.
“Including in written correspondence with her lawyers, it has been made explicitly clear that if Dr Carneiro had evidence to provide or wished to make a complaint she was more than welcome to do so. That route remains open.”