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Eva Carneiro leaves Chelsea after Jose Mourinho dispute; doctor considering legal position

Eva Carneiro, the Chelsea club doctor who made headlines earlier in the season after a row with Jose Mourinho, has left the club.

BBC Sport have confirmed that the Gibraltar-born medic has left the club after Chelsea ‘downgraded’ her role.

The Blues were understood to be keen to see Carneiro return to work, but she has instead opted to sever her ties with the Stamford Bridge giants. It now looks as though the medic may seek to clarify her legal position following the early-season controversies.

As noted by the BBC, the Football Association are currently assessing a complaint that the Portuguese coach used sexist or abusive language towards Carneiro, 42.

Carneiro’s rupture with Mourinho came during the Pensioners’ opening-weekend 2-2 draw with Swansea City.

With the Blues already reduced to 10 men following the dismissal of Thibaut Courtois, Carneiro and head physio Jon Fearn took to the field to treat downed frontman Eden Hazard.

This reduced Chelsea to nine men temporarily, and sent Mourinho into a rage. The manager later accused the pair of being ‘impulsive and naïve’, according to Sky Sports [via the Mirror].

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It remains to be seen whether the incident will have repercussions for both parties, although Chelsea will surely be concerned about the prospect of further negative headlines derailing a season that has taken time to get started.

The West London outfit started the season slowly, managing only four points from their opening five matches. Things are looking up after a victory over Maccabi Tel-Aviv and the weekend triumph over Arsenal, and the Blues will be desperate to avoid off-field issues destabilising their campaign.

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