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Jose Mourinho wrong to humiliate Eva Carneiro: Former Liverpool head of medicine Peter Brukner

Rohit Menon
959   //    13 Aug 2015, 17:52 IST
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Eva Carneiro and physio John Fearn attend to Hazard during Chelsea’s match against Swansea

Liverpool’s former head of medicine has spoken out about Eva Carneiro’s situation at Chelsea, saying that she was right in treating Eden Hazard during Chelsea’s 2-2 draw against Swansea City at the Stamford Bridge. According to, Peter Brukner believes that Jose Mourinho should apologize for publicly humiliating the Chelsea doctor after the game.

Jose Mourinho was reported to have decreased the assistant medical director’s responsibilities at the club, after she and physio Jon Fearn angered him by going to treat Eden Hazard during the final moments of their Premier League match. Chelsea were playing with 10 men after Thibaut Courtois was sent off for his challenge on Swansea striker Gomis, and the treatment of Hazard during the injury-time of the game effectively left Chelsea with just 9 men on the field. 

The medical staff was panned by the Chelsea manager in his interview after the game, where he also suggested that Eva Carneiro didn’t understand the game. After Mourinho’s public bashing of his medical team, Carneiro issued a message of thanks to the general public after they showed their support for her on social media. She is expected not to turn up for training or on matchdays as part of her new responsibility. 

Brukner completely disagreed with the Portuguese tactician’s stance on the matter, admitting that the doctor was correct and asking Jose Mourinho to publicly apologize to her for his rants.

"It's got nothing to do with the manager," the current Australian cricket team doctor told BBC Radio 5live. "You don't have doctors telling a manager to play someone up front or play 4-3-3.”

"The doctor was 100% correct and the manager, in my opinion, was 100% wrong. He should apologise and the club should ensure that the doctor and physio are not demoted as a result of this. She has been publicly humiliated in front of the biggest audience there is and she had not done the wrong thing." he added.

Former Chelsea doctor criticises Eva for unethical Facebook comment

However, Eva’s predecessor at Chelsea, Ralph Rogers has criticised her for her comments on Facebook regarding the incident by labelling them as not “ethical.” The 41-year-old responded on Facebook by thanking the public for their support. 'I would like to thank the general public for their overwhelming support,' she wrote. 'Really very much appreciated.' 

But Rogers, who served as the first team doctor under former manager Carlo Ancelotti, pointed out that it is going to be a hard task for the Careneiro to regain Mourinho’s trust. 

 "You are support staff. You're not one of the stars. There's almost a slap in the face to the manager,” stated Rogers on BBC Radio 5 live,

"Why would she go to social media? It's something we, as a profession, ethically should not be doing."

 "There has to be a very good relationship between the medical staff, or the physician, and the manager.

"The manager has to be able to trust the medical judgement he's receiving and when that trust is broken, where do you go? It's going to be difficult," he added.

Chelsea play Manchester City at the Etihad stadium next Sunday and it will be interesting to see if Eva Carneiro retains her place on the bench as part of the medical team. 

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