Premier League medics call for clarity following Carneiro case

LONDON • The Premier League Doctors' Group has called for a meeting with the English football authorities to clarify medics' responsibilities in the wake of the settlement of Eva Carneiro's constructive dismissal case against Chelsea and former boss Jose Mourinho.

Chelsea issued an unreserved apology after a confidential settlement was reached with Carneiro, the club's former team doctor who rejected a £1.2 million (S$2.36 million) compensation offer before an agreement was reached at a tribunal in London on Tuesday.

Mark Gillett, chairman of the doctors' group for top-flight clubs, said he welcomed the apology from Chelsea, but added that there should be no grey areas when it came to doctors treating players on the pitch. He wants a meeting with the authorities before next season.

Mourinho, the former Chelsea manager now at Manchester United, had criticised Carneiro for going onto the pitch to treat Eden Hazard during the Blues' opening Premier League game last season. She was dropped from first-team duties and has not worked since.

Gillett told The Times: "Following the situation we have had, it would be useful to sit down with the stakeholders in the game and clarify and strengthen the role of doctors working in football so that the responsibility in the doctor-patient relationship on the pitch is made crystal clear to everyone in football. The FA has not said an awful lot about this and the clarification is needed.

"It has been accepted now that Eva was just observing good medical practice. The Chelsea statement has admitted that she was just performing her role as a doctor and it is in everyone's interests that that is recognised."

Mourinho, who was facing a separate but connected claim of discrimination and victimisation, has not apologised, but the Chelsea statement said he thanked the doctor for the "excellent and dedicated support she provided".

The Football Medical Association said the case meant Carneiro had now been completely exonerated. Those close to her say that her plans in terms of work are still uncertain.

THE TIMES, LONDON

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