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Monday 5 December 2016

Carneiro leaves Chelsea

Carneiro is understood to have parted company with Chelsea following the incident on the opening day of the season when she was criticised by manager Jose Mourinho.
Carneiro is understood to have parted company with Chelsea following the incident on the opening day of the season when she was criticised by manager Jose Mourinho.

English Football Association board member Heather Rabbatts has expressed her "sadness and anger" at news of Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro's departure from the club.

Carneiro is understood to have parted company with Chelsea following the incident on the opening day of the season when she was criticised by manager Jose Mourinho. It is understood likely that she will launch a claim for constructive dismissal.

Rabbatts said Carneiro had been subjected to verbal abuse and criticism after running on to the pitch to treat Eden Hazard - Chelsea were then temporarily reduced to nine men against Swansea as Hazard had to leave the field.

"News of Dr Eva Carneiro's departure from Chelsea FC makes me feel sadness and anger," said Rabbatts, who is chair of the English FA's inclusion advisory board. "Eva was one of the few very senior women in the game, a highly respected doctor who has acted with professional integrity in difficult circumstances and whose skills have been highly praised by her colleagues, the club and governing bodies."

Carneiro has not been at Chelsea's training ground since she was removed from first team duties on August 8.

Rabbatts said she had been effectively demoted for doing her job properly. A Chelsea spokesman said he could not comment on internal staffing matters.

Meanwhile, Walsall goalkeeper Neil Etheridge has questioned Chelsea's character and insisted they lack leaders ahead of tonight's League Cup clash at the Bescot Stadium.

"I look at that team and it's a fantastic bunch of players but I don't know how many leaders they have got," said the keeper.

"The thing which is going on with John Terry no-one really knows the answer to. No-one knows the true story. He is a massive leader in the team.

"It's hard, at that level you need a couple - if not three or four leaders - to pull that team through."

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