London - Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro's reported
sidelining by her club is "unjust in the extreme", a group
representing Premier League doctors said on Thursday.
British media reports claim Carneiro will no longer attend
matches or training sessions after manager Jose Mourinho criticised her and
physiotherapist Jon Fearn for running on to the pitch to treat Eden Hazard
during last weekend's 2-2 draw with Swansea City.
Mourinho, who said that Carneiro and Fearn had been
"impulsive and naive", has received widespread criticism, with former
Liverpool doctor Peter Brukner branding his behaviour "absolutely
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In a statement, the Premier League Doctors' Group said:
"The Premier League Doctor's Group considers that removing Dr Eva Carneiro
from the Chelsea team bench for their next match is unjust in the extreme.
"In the publicised incident in last Saturday's game
against Swansea, the Chelsea medical staff were clearly summoned on to the
field of play by the match referee to attend to a player.
"A refusal to run onto the pitch would have breached
the duty of care required of the medical team to their patient.
"It is a huge concern that Dr Carneiro has been
subjected to unprecedented media scrutiny and a change in her professional
role, merely because she adhered to her code of professional conduct and did
her job properly."
The body pledged that Carneiro, who joined Chelsea in 2009,
had its "universal and total support".
Chelsea and Mourinho are yet to comment on reports that
Carneiro's role has changed, but he is expected to address the media at his
weekly press conference on Friday.For
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