London - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said on Friday that
Chelsea's first-team doctor had been clearly following the rules in the
incident that has reportedly seen her demoted by manager Jose Mourinho.
British press reports claim Mourinho has sidelined Eva
Carneiro and physiotherapist Jon Fearn from matches and training sessions after
they angered him by running onto the pitch to treat Eden Hazard during the
latter stages of Chelsea's 2-2 draw with Swansea City last weekend, temporarily
reducing his team to nine players.
Mourinho has been strongly criticised over the reports and
Wenger said that it was dangerous for a manager to do anything that might
damage unity within his club.
"It is a problem inside the club that if you are not
united, it is more difficult. It is the trust and unity that makes the
strength," the Frenchman, a long-time Mourinho adversary, told a press
"You know you speak about that story at Chelsea. First
of all I have not followed that as you know I do not have great interest about
what is going on at Chelsea.
"Secondly the rules are quite clear that when the
referee gives an indication that the medical (staff) can come on, they come on.
"After that what happens specifically in the situation
I don't know, but the rules are quite clear. It is the referee who makes the
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FIFA's chief medical officer Jiri Dvorak has also spoken out
in support of 41-year-old Carneiro, a Chelsea employee since 2009.
"I can't see such a situation and we have to defend the
position of the doctor," he told Sky Sports News. "Everyone involved
has to respect the fact the doctor is in charge.
"I don't want to interfere with the club as such, but I
would endorse clearly what the team doctor and the physiotherapist did. When
they were asked, they had to come on to the pitch."
With Hazard obliged to leave the pitch after receiving
treatment and Chelsea already down to 10 men following the dismissal of
goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, Mourinho's team were briefly left with nine
Mourinho said that Carneiro and Fearn had been
"impulsive and naive" by going on to treat Hazard and said their
behaviour showed that they did not "understand the game".
Chelsea have refused to comment on the matter, but Mourinho
is expected to address it when he speaks to the media at his weekly press
conference later on Friday.For
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