Eva Carneiro row: FMA issues damning statement over Chelsea doctor’s departure

first_img Eva Carneiro has left Chelsea 1 The Football Medical Association has issued a statement saying it is “extremely disappointed” that Eva Carneiro will not be resuming her full duties as first team doctor at Chelsea.The FMA – the body for medical staff in the game – has also confirmed her lawyers will handle her case after she parted company with the club.Carneiro parted company with Chelsea following the incident on the opening day of the season when she was criticised by manager Jose Mourinho for going on to the pitch to treat Eden Hazard.It is likely she will launch legal action claiming constructive dismissal.Mourinho was unhappy with Carneiro because it meant Hazard had to leave the field and Chelsea were temporarily down to nine men. As a result she was dropped from first-team duties.A statement said: “The FMA is extremely disappointed that Dr Eva Carneiro will not be resuming her full duties as first team doctor at Chelsea Football Club.“As the representative body for medicine and science personnel in the professional game, the FMA aims to protect the rights of its members.“Having recently been contacted by Eva, we have offered our full support in attempting to negotiate a satisfactory outcome.“Unfortunately this has not resulted in our preferred outcome. Chelsea considers this now to be an internal matter and it is for Chelsea and Eva’s appointed lawyers to discuss any further action.”The FMA said it will continue to support Carneiro and stated that priority should be given to protecting players’ safety.It added: “The FMA strongly believe that in matters pertaining to a player’s health and safety, respect for the integrity of the medical professional is paramount.“The FMA will continue to offer support to Eva on a professional level through what is likely to be a difficult time.”Carneiro’s Chelsea exit was also criticised by Football Association board member Heather Rabbatts, who has expressed her “sadness and anger” at the departure, arguing that she was effectively demoted for doing her job properly.last_img read more