Chelsea: Jon Fearn is the real victim of sexism
It’s sexism, isn’t. The row between Jose Mourinho and his medical team is all about sex and gender. It’s Jose Mourinho v Dr Eva Carneiro. No one spares a thought for Jon Fearn, the domestic-reared male who works as the Chelsea physio. When he and Dr Carneiro dashed onto the Stamford Bridge turf to treat the stricken Eden Hazard, the journalisomobile noticed only Mourinho jittering on the sidelines and Dr Eva looking astonishing female.
The Daily Mail, for instance, ever keen to support a sports woman in time of crisis (See “Are Jessica Enis’s shorts too short?”), has focused exclusively on Carneiro:
Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro has strong case for suing club after Jose Mourinho spat, says top employment lawyer…
Jose Mourinho and Eva Carneiro: Where does Chelsea manager’s latest row rank in coach’s long list of controversial incidents?…
Jose Mourinho stands firm at Chelsea and won’t reinstate Eva Carneiro… but she may sue and wants apology from manager…
Eva Carneiro has been banned from Chelsea matches and training after running on to treat Eden Hazard… but who is the doctor who angered Jose… Mourinho?
Jose Mourinho’s behaviour towards Eva Carneiro was poor… medical staff have to do their jobs, says Graeme Le Saux…
Eva Carneiro is BANNED from Chelsea matches and training after angering Jose Mourinho by rushing onto the pitch to treat ‘tired’ player…
What Jon Fearn looks like also remains largely a mystery to newspaper readers:
Looking for Jon, we go to the offical Cheslea website. Under “Other management staff – medical and fitness” we see:
The staff roster runs:
First team doctor and assistant medical director. A sports medicine specialist who previously worked at the British Olympic Medical Institute and with England Women’s Football and UK Athletics. Joined Chelsea in February 2009.
Rehabilitation co-ordinator and joint head physiotherapist. A specialist in rehabilitation working with a first-team focus. Came from the French national team in 2005.
First Team Physiotherapist. Joined Chelsea in January 2010 from Reading, where he was head of sports medicine for nine years. Previously first-team physiotherapist at West Ham.
Lead manual therapist. Joined the club’s staff in July 2011 following two years at Liverpool, and works with the first team squad.
On-loan player physiotherapist. Started as part time physio in the Academy in 2001 and has been full-time since 2004. Previously worked with Charlton Athletic.
Massage therapist. Joined the club in 2001 having previously worked in his home town of Swindon. Has also worked with the England and Scotland national teams.
Sports therapist. Another long-term staff member, Stuart worked at Watford and Reading before moving to Chelsea in 2004, and worked with England during the 2010 World Cup.
Massage therapist. In his fourth season with Chelsea, Manoel previously worked at West Ham and Fulham, as well as for the Cirque du Soleil and the Royal Ballet.
Massage therapist. Previously with the English Institute of Sport and UK Athletics, joined Chelsea in 2009.
Practice manager for the Chelsea medical department.
Fourth billing for Jon. But top billing for Dr Eva, who actualyl works under Dr Paco Biosca, Chelsea’s Medical director.
Jon is an Honorary Lecturer at Queen Mary’s university of London (delivers lower limb master class to MSC students; Honorary Lecturer at Kings College London ( speaking on Hip & Groin Injuries: Assessment & Rehabilitation); and has worked at St Mary’s hospital, Paddington.
He also looks remarkabaly good in Lycra, according to sources.