The FA announced earlier this week that they would not be taking any further action against Jose Mourinho in relation to the sexist abuse he allegedly made towards the ex-Chelsea doctor. In response to FA announcing this Dr Eva Carneiro has decided to put her side across and reiterate the fact that the FA failed to ask her to provide any evidence or tell her side of the story.
Dr Evan Carneiro released the below statement:
“I was surprised to learn that the FA was allegedly investigating the incident of 8 August via the press. I was at no stage requested by the FA to make a statement. I wonder whether this might be the only formal investigation in this country where the evidence of the individuals involved in the incident was not considered relevant. Choosing to ignore some of the evidence will surely influence the outcome of the findings.
“Last season I had a similar experience at a game at West Ham FC, where I was subject to verbal abuse. Following complaints by the public, the FA produced a communication to the press saying there had been no sexist chanting during this game. At no time was I approached for a statement despite the fact that vile unacceptable, sexually explicit abuse was clearly heard.
“It is incidents such as these and the lack of support from the football authorities that make it so difficult for women in the game. I admire what Heather Rabbatts has done and thank her and friends and colleagues who have supported me at this very difficult time.”
The FA, Chelsea and Jose Mourinho have failed to come out of this incident with any dignity or professionalism as it stands, instead they have damned the reputation of not only Chelsea Football Club but also the reputation of English Football and the way female staff members are treated. This comes at a time when we as a nation have been applauded at the way we have attracted young women to all forms of Sport and positions in Sport.
The pressure on the FA will continue to rise as more fans and professional bodies make their voices heard. I see this will rumbling on until a suitable punishment has been handed down to Mourinho or until we hear a suitable response from the FA in regards to why they have not issued any disciplinary procedures against the Chelsea manager.