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Carneiro claims she was ‘not asked’ to testify during FA investigation

ecjmEx-Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro has broken her silence over the Football Association’s investigation into her feud with manager Jose Mourinho.

The Blues boss publicly criticized Carneiro for entering the field of play to tend to the injured Eden Hazard during Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Swansea City, calling the 42 year-old ‘naive.’

The FA’s investigation into the matter concluded earlier this week with Mourinho being cleared of making a discriminatory comment toward Carneiro.

However, Carneiro today said that she was not contacted by the FA about the investigation: “I was surprised to learn that the FA was allegedly investigating the incident of 8 August via the press,” she said in a statement. “I was at no stage requested by the FA to make a statement. I wonder whether this might be the only formal investigation in this country where the evidence of the individuals involved in the incident was not considered relevant. Choosing to ignore some of the evidence will surely influence the outcome of the findings.

“Last season I had a similar experience at a game at West Ham FC, where I was subject to verbal abuse. Following complaints by the public, the FA produced a communication to the press saying there had been no sexist chanting during this game. At no time was I approached for a statement despite the fact that vile unacceptable, sexually explicit abuse was clearly heard. It is incidents such as these and the lack of support from the football authorities that make it so difficult for women in the game.”

Carneiro left the club in September after her position was downgraded by Mourinho.

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