Jose Mourinho bans team doctor Eva Carneiro from matchday bench
Mail Online, Monday 11th August 2015
Eva Carneiro, the Chelsea team doctor, is banned from matches and training after angering manager Jose Mourinho by rushing onto the pitch to treat a ‘tired’ player. She will remain as first-team doctor but will no longer attend games and will not be in the dugout for Chelsea’s next game with Man City. On Saturday, Carneiro and her colleague Jon Fearn angered the Chelsea manager by rushing on to the pitch to tend to Eden Hazard near the end of the 2-2 draw with Swansea. Chelsea were already down to 10 men and Hazard receiving treatment meant that last season’s Player of the Year had to spend a few moments on the touchline, leaving the champions vulnerable. Mourinho was furious. “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,” he said. “You have to know that when you have one player less and, in the end, you go on to the pitch to assist a player then you must be sure that a player has a serious problem. I was sure that Eden didn’t have a serious problem. He had a knock and was very tired.” Instead of patching things up with her, Mourinho took more drastic action. The 41-year-old, who was born in Gibraltar, will keep her job title as first-team doctor but she will not be allowed at training sessions, matches or the team hotel. That surely puts her future at the club in doubt.