Eva Carneiro has claimed she received death threats and threats of sexual violence when she left her position as first team doctor of Chelsea.
The 43-year-old, who left Chelsea in 2015 after public battle with manager Jose Mourinho, was criticised by the former Blues boss after going on to the pitch to treat Eden Hazard against Swansea at Stamford Bridge.
After the departure, Carneiro opened a legal case against the club for claiming constructive dismissal and settled her battle in the summer, agreeing to drop claims of sex discrimination and harassment against the ex-Chelsea boss Mourinho.
Now working in her own clinic in London, Carneiro revealed how online abuse has followed her since leaving the Premier League club.
‘Even though I don’t have a presence on social media – I think I have made one post ever in my life – some of the threats of sexual violence and death threats make it through,’ Carneiro told the Telegraph.
‘They [the abusers] just seem to be faceless cowards and they should be answerable to legislation,’ she added.
‘It is one thing to say, ‘We will end discrimination’ and I think it is widely accepted that discrimination exists in the sport.’
Carneiro also went on to add that unlike racism, the battle against sexism in football hasn’t been given enough support: ‘I think sexism is the least challenged form of discrimination,’ she said.
‘Anti-Semitic and other racist comments are widely condemned and I don’t think that is the case [with sexism] and it begs the question what that leaves room for behind the scenes.
‘It is widely accepted that football has a discrimination problem. I really do feel that way, but I think it is the least challenged form of discrimination.
‘Growing up I didn’t think it [gender inequality] was going to be a problem. It never even occurred to me there would be differences in what we could achieve, or what we were told we could achieve, by being girls or boys.
‘At university more than 50% of the intake in medical school is female, so a female doctor wanting to do anything from trauma surgery to working in the military is not surprising.
‘As I sought specialist training in certain sports, male colleagues found that quite surprising. There was very much a dialogue of bringing attention to my gender or objectifying me in some way. They described that as a limit to my career progression in that direction, which I was stunned by. It was a dialogue more appropriate for the 1950s.’
Chelsea FC apology after Carneiro settlement
Chelsea Football Club is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with Dr Carneiro which brings her employment tribunal proceedings against the club and Jose Mourinho to an end.
The club regrets the circumstances which led to Dr Carneiro leaving the club and apologises unreservedly to her and her family for the distress caused. We wish to place on record that in running onto 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.
Dr Carneiro has always put the interests of the club’s players first. Dr Carneiro is a highly competent and professional sports doctor. She was a valued member of the club’s medical team and we wish her every success in her future career.
Jose Mourinho also thanks Dr Carneiro for the excellent and dedicated support she provided as First Team Doctor and he wishes her a successful career.