Liverpool’s former head of medicine Peter Brukner believes the Blues doctor was justified in treating Eden Hazard on the pitch during Chelsea’s draw with Swansea City
Jose Mourinho should apologise to Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro for publicly humiliating her without justification, according to Liverpool’s former head of medicine.
Carneiro is widely reported to have had her responsibilities as the Blues’ first-team doctor significantly reduced after drawing the ire of Mourinho for rushing onto the pitch with physio Jon Fearn to treat Eden Hazard in the closing stages of Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Swansea City.
Hazard was required to leave the field after being treated, meaning Chelsea had to play the ensuing seconds with only eight outfield players following an earlier red card shown to Thibaut Courtois.
After the match Mourinho branded his medical staff “impulsive and naive” and suggested they did not “understand the game”. Carneiro was then reportedly told her first-team duties would be severely diminished after posting a message on Facebook thanking the public for their support.
Peter Brukner, Liverpool’s former head of sports medicine and sports science and the current Australia cricket team doctor, believes Mourinho’s conduct has been disrespectful and without cause.
“It’s got nothing to do with the manager,” Brukner told BBC Radio 5live when asked about the fallout from the Hazard incident. “You don’t have doctors telling a manager to play someone up front or play 4-3-3.
“The doctor was 100% correct and the manager, in my opinion, was 100% wrong. He should apologise and the club should ensure that the doctor and physio are not demoted as a result of this.
“She has been publicly humiliated in front of the biggest audience there is and she had not done the wrong thing.”