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Jose Mourinho gives his view on the Eva Carneiro row

Eva Carneiro
Eva Carneiro

The Chelsea boss began his press conference today with a statement, and then refused to take questions on the simmering row with his medical team.

The Blues' stuttering start to their Premier League title defence has paled in insignificance due to the incident towards the end of Saturday's 2-2 draw with Swansea.

Chelsea boss Mourinho was visibly infuriated to see head physiotherapist Jon Fearn and first-team doctor Carneiro run on to the field to give Eden Hazard treatment.

The Portuguese told the media afterwards that their "impulsive and naive" decision showed they did not "understand the game" and, since then, Press Association Sport has learned Carneiro's role at Chelsea is changing significantly.

While remaining as first-team doctor, she will no longer be involved in matches and training sessions - a situation Fearn is also reported to find himself in.

The row has simmered all week and the matter was addressed by the Portuguese manager at his press event before the big clash with Manchester City on Sunday.

"Look, I hope this room is full because the champions will be playing against the former champion, because we have hopefully a big match on Sunday, but I knew it already. It is not a surprise. No question.

“I don’t want to run away from it. I accept the question, and understand.

“First of all, I want to say I have a fantastic medical led by Dr Paco Biosca, more than a dozen professionals, very good relation with them and, as they tell me all the time, they were never praised so much as in last few years. I praise them lots of times.

“We have disagreements during this period, we need disagreements to improve. We work together.

“Your question about the bench. For some people it’s important. For others, it’s not... It’s my decision.

“I have seven assistants, only four can go on bench. Seven kitmen, only two. Medical, only two on bench.

“Dr John Fearn and Dr Eva Carneiro will not be on the bench, but doesn’t mean for rest of season.

“My decision [this weekend] does not mean they won’t be on the bench in the future.

“If you want to speak to me about football, I’m here. If you want to ask about other things, I’m not here.”

And that was it, with Mourninho not really talking about the dispute, or without really apologising for the way the matter was handled.