Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed the report that team doctor Eva Carneiro and head physiotherapist Jon Fearn have been removed from match-day duties, but said it was not permanent.
the Blue’s handler was angered when Carneiro and Fearn ran into the pitch to treat Eden Hazard during last weekend’s 2-2 draw with Swansea City, which temporarily reduced Chelsea to nine players due to the goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois’s earlier dismissal.
Reports gathered revealed that Carneiro and Fearn would no longer attend matches or training sessions, but while Mourinho the removal is temporary, he added that they would not be on the bench for Sunday’s game at Manchester City.
“Jon Fearn and Dr Carneiro will not be on the bench, but it doesn’t mean Sunday is the rest of our season or our careers,” Mourinho said at his weekly press conference.
“They won’t be on the bench on Sunday. That’s clear, it’s my decision, my responsibility, but it doesn’t mean they won’t be in the future.” He said
Speaking after the Swansea game, Mourinho had said that Carneiro and Fearn had been “impulsive and naive” by going on to treat Hazard and said their behavior showed that they did not “understand the game”.
His conduct has been criticized by several groups representing medical professionals working in English football, including the Premier League Doctors’ Group and the Football Medical Association.
Old adversary Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager, waded into the debate earlier on Friday by saying: “The rules are quite clear that when the referee gives an indication that the medical (staff) can come on, they come on.
“After that what happens specifically in the situation I don’t know, but the rules are quite clear. It is the referee who makes the decision,” added Wenger.
However, Mourinho defended his decision to sideline the duo, claiming that “what they do behind the scenes” is more important than their presence on the bench.
“I have to say that for some people the bench is very important. But for other people it is not important,” added the Portuguese.
“For other people the most important thing is not what other people think you do, it is what you do.
“And the bench is my responsibility, yes. And when you ask me, obviously it is my decision, it is nobody else’s decision. Every week I face a decision about the bench.
“With 25 players, if my mathematics is not bad, 25 with 11 on the pitch and seven on the bench, seven of them are not even on the bench. I have to choose.
“I have seven assistants, only four can go on the bench, I have to choose three of them. Four kit-men, only one goes on the bench, three they stay out. And medical department, only two go on the bench, and we are more than a dozen.
“Important to be on the bench? For some, but for others it is more important what they do, the contribution they do. What they do behind the scenes and what they do for the good of the team.”