Controversy at Stamford Bridge as Jose Mourinho allegedly axes team physio Eva Carneiro after she ran on pitch to treat Eden Hazard during Sunday’s game against Swansea.
BY STEVE NJUGUNA
The controversy surrounding Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro seems to have reached boiling point as reports now emerge that she may have been released from some of her duties in relation to the Chelsea first team. This comes after Chelsea head coach strongly disagreed with her actions during their 1-1 draw against Swansea F.C. Her movements with the first team have been restricted to only Chelsea’s Cobham Headquarters and sources say she will not be travelling with the players on their match days.
This alleged demotion was in regards to her running onto the pitch together with first team Physio Jon Fearn to treat Chelsea forward Eden Hazard in injury time against Swansea much to the anger of coach Jose Mourinho who later said he was angry as his side was down to 10 men and with Hazard being treated it would mean only 8 outfield players would be on the pitch to defend a set piece from Swansea.
In a later press conference he described the actions of his medical team as naïve and claimed that it did not ‘understand the game’ and the injury was only a knock and some fatigue affecting the Belgian forward and that the move by the medical team was impulsive. Eva seemed to exchange words with the Portuguese coach on her way off the pitch. Reports suggest that Jon Fearn will also be demoted.
However, the soft spoken Eva turned to social media in a rare public show to thank all fans and pundits who had sympathized with her after Mourinho’s statement in a short statement on her Facebook page.
The 41 year old Eva joined Chelsea in February 2009, with previous working experience at England Women’s soccer team and UK Athletics as well as for the British Olympic Medical institute.