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Eva Carneiro was obliged to treat Chelsea's Eden Hazard

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The Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro was summoned onto the pitch by referee Michael Oliver twice before she entered the field of play to treat Eden Hazard, a report by The Independent has claimed.

Chief football correspondent, Sam Wallace, claims footage shows the referee signalling that Hazard required medical attention. If true, it means Carneiro was obliged to tend to the Chelsea star whether Jose Mourinho liked it or not.

Mourinho has caused a media storm after openly criticising Carneiro for stepping onto the pitch without his permission during Saturday's game against Swansea. Hazard appeared to be in pain following a challenge from Gylfi Sigurdsson, but her decision meant that the Belgian would have to leave the field of play once treatment was complete.

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With Chelsea already down to ten men following Thibaut Courtois' dismissal, it meant that the Blues had only nine men on the pitch for several moments. With the score delicately poised at 2-2, it could have given Swansea the advantage they needed to score a winner.

It is now widely believed that Carneiro's actions have cost her her place on the Chelsea bench and that she will be replaced for this weekend's trip to Manchester City.

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However, according to General Medical Council's guidelines for good practice, Carneiro is obliged to “take prompt action if you think that patient safety, dignity or comfort is being compromised”.

Had she listened to Mourinho and not stepped in to treat Hazard, she would have been in breach of her "safety and quality” responsibilities.

The Chelsea manager has been criticised by even his own fans for his criticism of Carneiro and will certainly face further criticism if he has indeed decided to remove her from first-team duties.

However, Telegraph journalist Matt Law says Mourinho has been doubting Carneiro's ability for some time and says his decision is not based solely on Saturday's events.

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