Chelsea v Dr Carneiro: Jon Fearn is Mr Cellophane as Dyke and moralists attack Mourinho’s
Jose Mourinho will not be banned, censured or fined for his criticism of Dr Eva Carneiro, her removal from first-team duties and finally her decision to leave the role of Chelsea doctor. The FA said there was no evidence Mourinho made discriminatory comments towards Carneiro.
End of, then. No. We live in an age where everyone wants to be righteous and to be seen as such. Mourinho is innocent. But Greg Dyke, the FA chairman, is pure. He writes to the FA councillors:
“There have been some well-documented issues of late around equality and inclusion in the game, an issue where it is vital we continue to show clear leadership. I felt the handling of the case of the Chelsea doctor, Eva Carneiro, was a good example of this. We supported Heather Rabbatts’ [an FA board member] strong statement on the matter earlier in the month. Personally I don’t think Mr Mourinho comes well out of the whole saga. He clearly made a mistake in the heat of a game and should have said so and apologised. Instead he has said very little and Miss Carneiro has lost her job. Our regulatory team have investigated this and, whilst Mr Mourinho has breached no rules, it was clearly a failure of his personal judgment and public behaviour. This should be seen as such by the game.”
Dyke ignores the fact that monocular Mourinho meted out the same treatment to Jon Fearn, the Chelsea physio who also dashed onto the pitch to treat an injured Eden Hazard, having been waved on by the referee.
Fearn accepted his demotion and got on with his job. Dr Eva cried foul.
The Women In Football group alleged that Mourinho directed abusive and discriminatory language at Carneiro from the touchline. The FA investigation said Mourinho swore at no-one in particular. Women In Football described the FA’s ruling as “appalling”. Rabbatts says: “A highly respected medic, a woman at the top of her profession in football, has been mistreated, undermined, verbally abused and yet no one part from Dr Carneiro has faced significant consequences.”
No-one? Poor old Jon Fearn, football’s Mr Cellophane…