Founder of the FCN speak on BBC TV about the Eva Carneiro case
Yesterday it was announced that Eva Carneiro – the Chelsea FC Doctor who was verbally abused by the then Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, has settle her case against the club on confidential terms.
In a statement, Dr Carneiro said: “I am relieved that today we have been able to conclude this tribunal case. It has been an extremely difficult and distressing time for me and my family and I now look forward to moving forward with my life.
She went on to say:
“My priority has always been the health and safety of the players and fulfilling my duty of care as a doctor.”
Eva took the club to court after she was released of her duties, even though the club admitted at the time “Dr Carneiro has always put the interests of the club’s players first. Dr Carneiro is a highly competent and professional sports doctor. We wish to place on record that in running on to the pitch Dr Carneiro was following both the rules of the game and fulfilling her responsibility to the players as a doctor, putting their safety first.”
The FCN Founder, Vicky Huyton was invited to take part in a brief discussion on the UK BBC News programme ‘The Victoria Derbyshire Show’ on Wednesday 8th June, alongside Sammy Margo, the first female physiotherapist to work in English Men’s football.
On the show – both were asked about their thoughts on the case and if the decision of the settlement will affect women in sport in the future.
After the show, Vicky commented that the whole situation shows that women working at the higher levels of sport still have to deal with a lot of discrimination and negative treatment. She went on to say:
“If a highly qualified and experienced Doctor is treated like that within sport – what message does this send out to other women wanting to progress up the ranks of elite levels?”
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