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Eva Carneiro puts Chelsea dispute in hands of her lawyers, FMA confirms

The Football Medical Association has confirmed Eva Carneiro’s lawyers will handle her case after the Chelsea team doctor parted company with the club.

The FMA, the body for medical staff in the game, has been representing Carneiro in negotiating with Chelsea and it is “extremely disappointed” she will not resume her full duties.

A statement said: “As the representative body for medicine and science personnel in the professional game, the FMA aims to protect the rights of its members.

“Having recently been contacted by Eva, we have offered our full support in attempting to negotiate a satisfactory outcome. Unfortunately this has not resulted in our preferred outcome. Chelsea considers this now to be an internal matter and it is for Chelsea and Eva’s appointed lawyers to discuss any further action.”

It is understood Carneiro is preparing to sue for constructive dismissal following the incident during the game against Swansea last month that led to her first-team duties being downgraded at the request of the manager, José Mourinho.

Carneiro was told she was no longer to attend training sessions, matches or enter the team hotel after provoking Mourinho’s anger when she and the physiotherapist, Jon Fearn, ran on to treat Eden Hazard during injury time of the 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge on 8 August.

She was due to return to work last Friday but it is understood she has not been seen at the training ground and is considering her legal position. Chelsea have so far declined to comment on what they called “an internal staffing matter”.

The Football Association has confirmed it is investigating a complaint Mourinho used abusive language during the incident. Under rule E3, players and coaches can be penalised for using “offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures”, with Mourinho facing up to a five-match ban if he is found guilty. He has denied the accusation.

The chair of the FA’s inclusion advisory board, Heather Rabbatts, expressed her “sadness and anger” at news of Carneiro’s departure. “Eva was one of the few very senior women in the game, a highly respected doctor who has acted with professional integrity in difficult circumstances and whose skills have been highly praised,” she said.- the guardian-


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