Former Chelsea doctor Carniero hits back at Jordan as Talksport apologise for outlandish comments


Former Chelsea doctor Eva Carniero hits back at Simon Jordan as Talksport apologise for former Palace chairman’s ‘well off the mark’ criticism

  • Carniero opened up this week on the distress she faced at Chelsea over row 
  • Mourinho berated her for running onto the pitch to treat Eden Hazard in 2015
  • She was forced to leave the club even though she was only doing her job 
  • Carniero called for a ‘change of culture’ in footballto deal with ‘ugly’ issues

Former Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro has hit back at former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan over his criticism of her role in the infamous Jose Mourinho bust-up.

Carneiro was at the centre of a row in August 2015 when Mourinho berated her for running onto the pitch to treat Eden Hazard during a 2-2 draw with Swansea.

Mourinho did not consider the injury serious enough to force the Blues to briefly play with nine men in the closing stages of the game, having already had a man sent off.

Former Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro opened up on the distress she faced over infamous row

Former Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro opened up on the distress she faced over infamous row

Although it became clear Carneiro was only doing her job, she was forced her to leave Stamford Bridge six weeks later.

This week she opened up on the distress she faced at Chelsea during an interview on talkSPORT as part of her quest for greater equality in football.

‘It’s impossible to go through something that I went through for the best part of a year of my life and not be changed by it,’ Carneiro told Women’s Football Weekly on talkSPORT 2.

‘But it hasn’t put me off at all.

Mourinho berated her for running onto the pitch to treat Eden Hazard at Swansea in 2015

Mourinho berated her for running onto the pitch to treat Eden Hazard at Swansea in 2015

‘It’s fair to say I needed time off, I needed to enjoy my job again and be a doctor again without the complications of being in the limelight.

‘In football, whether it’s racism, child abuse, athlete safeguarding and respect for the medical treatment – a change of culture is needed to change the things which are ugly about it.’

Her comments attracted criticism from talkSPORT pundit Jordan on Tuesday, which were described as ‘well off the mark’ by some listeners.

On Friday, Carneiro tweeted: ‘As First Team Doctor & Assistant Medical Director, I was proud to be part of a medical team that had the best player availability & return to play data in the English Premier League. I hold three medical degrees, practice medicine in three languages & have over

Although it became clear Carneiro was only doing her job, she was forced her to leave her job

Although it became clear Carneiro was only doing her job, she was forced her to leave her job

’20 years’ experience of being a doctor. I am a little more qualified to speak about on-field medical management in football. Learn about principles that govern doctors in sport. You have that responsibility if you are going to discuss issues that affect on field safety.

‘The moment an athlete requests on field medical assistance, a doctor’s HANDS ARE TIED as it is their DUTY to asses, regardless of outcomes. As an ex club chairman you should be familiar with Health & Safety legislation. Your comments were embarrassing and irresponsible.

‘You may talk about taking football clubs into administration, about bringing the game into disrepute, even about mobile phones & cars but perhaps stay away from medical governance when clearly you do not understand what’s at stake.

Carniero hit back at criticism by former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan

Carniero hit back at criticism by former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan

‘Stop attacking the reputation of serious professionals.

‘This happens repeatedly to women who speak up, when individuals ignorant of the circumstances attempt to discredit them personally or professionally. Please educate yourself.

‘Public awareness could serve to safeguard our athletes of the future.’ 

TalkSPORT also issued an apology over ‘inaccuracies in the original reporting of the interview’ on Friday.

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