News ID: 126584
Published: 0703 GMT September 09, 2015

Leading barrister expects FIFA to back Chelsea doctor

Leading barrister expects FIFA to back Chelsea doctor

The Chelsea doctor who treated Eden Hazard on the pitch and incurred the wrath of Jose Mourinho looks set to be backed by world football's medical committee.

On Friday the world governing body's medical committee will discuss the matter after Eva Carneiro and head physio Jon Fearn were catapulted into the spotlight when they were criticized by manager Jose Mourinho for rushing on to the pitch to treat Hazard in the opening match of the Barclays Premier League season, leaving the team with just nine players, reported.

As a result Carneiro and Fearn's roles have been downgraded but Mary O'Rouke QC believes the pair was completely in the right and expects FIFA to back them up this week.

Although she said Mourinho was in the wrong, O'Rourke does not expect an apology from the Portuguese but believes he should reinstate his medical staff to their previous positions.

"I personally believe, as a football supporter and as someone who supports medics in sport, the best outcome in this case would be for her (Carneiro) and John Fearn to be back on the bench sending the message out to the football world they did nothing wrong," she said.

"I think you will find FIFA on Friday saying the same thing that they did nothing wrong because their duty was to the player as their patient, the referee, the FA and actually their job in the club is to look after the players not to run the team and not to be tactically aware.

"Much though one understands the passion of the manager or coach you (as a medical professional) have to priorities the player because, apart from anything else, if a player sues he doesn't sue the manager he sues the doctor, physio or the club.

"No one wants to hang anyone out to dry here. If you start making someone do public apologies or losing face that can impact on a future working relationship and surely what Chelsea and other football medics would want would be to patch it up."

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