New Delhi: Ex-Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro has claimed that she was "at no stage" asked to testify by the England's Football Association (FA) over alleged verbal abused by Jose Mourinho during their 2-2 draw with Swansea on August 8.
Carneiro, who left the Premier League club last week, criticised the governing body in a statement released on Friday. She said, "I was surprised to learn that the FA was allegedly investigating the incident of 8th of August via the press."
"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." she added.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was cleared by the FA after studying footage from the match at Stamford Bridge. The Portuguese criticised Carneiro and the team's head physio Jon Fearn for entering the field of play, having been waved on by the referee, to treat an injured Eden Hazard in the dying minutes of the game.
An FA spokesman said, "We have never received any information or complaint from Dr Carneiro. Including in written correspondence with her lawyers, it has been made explicitly clear that if Dr Carneiro had evidence to provide or wished to make a complaint she was more than welcome to do so. That route remains open.”
Carneiro also claimed that the FA has failed to take appropriate action after she was subjected to sexist abuse from West Ham United supporters at Upton Park last season.
"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," she suggested.
(With Agency inputs)