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Jose Mourinho was wrong to publicly berate his medical staff

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A 2-2 draw with Swansea was not the ideal start to Chelsea's title defence - having to play most of the second half with ten men even less so.

But sadly, whilst the headlines should have read Chelsea's stuttering start to the Premier League, or even about Thibaut Courtois' red card which rules him out of the next game against Manchester City, the headlines were, yet again, about Jose Mourinho.

Except these were different headlines about the Chelsea boss. There were no comments on Courtois' red card; nor comments on Michael Oliver's decision to not award Diego Costa a penalty; not even comments on the praise he gave his players for the fight they showed when down to ten men.

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No. The reason for the headlines, instead, was for the severe criticism he gave to his medical staff for treating Eden Hazard late in the game.

"Whether you are a kit man, doctor or secretary on the bench you have to understand the game," Mourinho told Sky Sports.

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"You have to know you have one player less and to assist a player you must be sure he has a serious problem. I was sure Eden did not have a serious problem. He had a knock. He was tired."

The frustration is understandable -  the fact that Hazard had to come off left the Blues with nine players meaning Swansea had a good opportunity to hit them on the counter-attack.

What is inexcusable, though, is Mourinho's decision to publicly berate club doctor Eva Carneiro and physio Jon Fearn for their "naive" decision to treat a player who was on the ground.

Yes, Hazard was probably tired but the medical staff have a duty of care for the players, and referee Michael Oliver felt the Belgian needed to be treated and so beckoned them on.

And in almost absurd circumstances, Mourinho has made the decision to ban Carneiro from the bench on match days. According to reports, she will remain in the role of first-team doctor but will not be allowed to enter the team hotel before a match, sit in the dugout during the match or attend training sessions. All her work will be carried out at Chelsea's training base at Cobham behind closed doors.

It is also reported that Jon Fearn was given a dressing down by Mourinho but his future role is yet unknown. Mourinho's ruthlessness could mean a demotion for him, also.

There is little question that Mourinho is a fan favourite amongst all supporters in English football, and the work he has done for Chelsea Football Club has been outstanding, but there is a sense that his continued controversy of late is becoming tiresome.

It seems to be the case fairly often that the players' success on the field - for which the Portuguese certainly deserves credit - is overshadowed by his outbursts against referees, other managers and, in general, anyone who irritates him. A lot of it is mind games, but surely there will come a time when enough is enough.

Gone are the days of Mourinho's cheeky personality shining through in press conferences. His jokes with journalists, his quotes about eggs and omelettes and his fear of the Scottish swan with bird flu seem a lifetime ago. Mourinho returned to Chelsea 'the Happy One', although you would be forgiven for wondering where that person has gone. Yes his happiness stems from being at the club he loves but his continual outbursts suggest he has become grumpy with age.

This latest outburst, though, is embarrassing. Carneiro is highly regarded in her field and vastly popular with both players and fans - for more reasons than just her professionalism, albeit. Not one to be particularly active on social media, she has broken the silence and already thanked the public for their support during her public humiliation.

The ramifications for Mourinho's harsh actions remain to be seen, but whether it's the Portuguese being labelled as sexist, harsh or discriminatory, one can only hope that Mourinho becomes tight-lipped on the matter and focuses more on his side's upcoming clash with Manchester City.

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