Last weekend, Eva Carneiro, Chelsea football club’s first-team doctor rushed out onto the pitch to give medical attention to an injured player, which is basically what we’d expect her to do, right?
Apparently not, according to manager Jose Mourinho who demoted Eva after she and head physio Jon Fearn went onto the pitch to well, do their jobs.
He accused them of ‘not understanding the game’, blaming Eva and her colleague for costing him a player, even though the referee had waved over for help two times.
The Premier League Doctors’ Group have officially confirmed that Eva was just following protocol, and Sammy Margo (the first female physiotherapist to work in football England) has said she’s not sure Joses’ reaction would have been so severe if Eva was a man.
Obviously, many people weren’t happy with how Eva was treated, and they took to Twitter to show their support.
Before now, Eva had only made one post on her public Facebook page, but following the huge amount of support she got from the general public after the match on Saturday, she shared her second post:
'I would like to thank the general public for their overwhelming support. Really very much appreciated.'
At a Swedish FA sports medicine conference last year, Eva had this to say: 'Women want to be leaders, we just put them off as we go along'. She added 'In every programme I've watched in my life, the female doctor is either hyper-sexualised or she's not present. This needs to change. Women are discouraged at a young age.'
Words: Jazmin Kopotsha