Former Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro has broken her silence over the incident with manager Jose Mourinho during the first Premier League game of the campaign against Swansea to criticise the Football Association, which has "chosen to ignore" some of the evidence before clearing the manager. Carneiro said she was "at no stage requested" by the FA to make a statement about the Portuguese boss's alleged discriminatory remarks towards her during the game.
Carneiro and physiotherapist Jon Fearn were dropped from their first-team duties after Mourinho criticised them for going on to the pitch to treat Eden Hazard with his side already down to 10 men following the earlier dismissal of Thibaut Courtois. The FA opened an investigation after a member of the public complained but at the end of September, it announced Mourinho will face no disciplinary action – even though chairman Greg Dyke later accused the manager of committing "a failure of his personal judgment and public behaviour".
Carneiro has now made an official statement to express her disappointment with the FA while alleging she was abused during a game against West Ham United during the 2014-15 season.
"I was surprised to learn that the FA was allegedly investigating the incident of 8 August via the press. 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," Carneiro said in a statement, as reported by ITV.
"Last season I had a similar experience at a game at West Ham FC, where I was subject to verbal abuse. Following complaints by the public, the FA produced a communication to the press saying there had been no sexist chanting during this game. At no time was I approached for a statement despite the fact that vile unacceptable, sexually explicit abuse was clearly heard.
"It is incidents such as these and the lack of support from the football authorities that make it so difficult for women in the game. I admire what Heather Rabbatts has done and thank her and friends and colleagues who have supported me at this very difficult time."