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LONDON---After only one weekend of
the English Premier League season,
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is in
familiar territory: Embroiled in an irra-
tional dispute and his conduct being
The unexpected target of Mourinho's
ire is the club doctor whose eagerness
to race onto the field to treat an appar-
ently injured Chelsea player incensed
the Portuguese coach.
Although Mourinho's spats with ref-
erees and media outlets are common-
place, he is now being condemned by
medical professionals for the "unjust"
axing of Dr Eva Carneiro from her
match-day role on the Chelsea bench
and giving the impression of not pri-
oritising players' welfare.
Carneiro's apparent job downgrading
came after Mourinho publicly criticised
the actions of his medical staff following
the opening-day draw with Swansea.
In stoppage time, with Chelsea already
down to 10 men after goalkeeper Thibaut
Courtois was sent off, Eden Hazard was
brought down at Stamford Bridge.
The immediate reaction from Carneiro
and physiotherapist Jon Fearn was to
leave the bench to treat Hazard. The
protocol---designed to limit time-wasting
by teams ---required the winger to leave
the field for a short time, temporarily
leaving Chelsea with only nine players
as the Premier League champions chased
"I was unhappy with my medical
staff. They were impulsive and naive,"
Mourinho said after the game.
"Whether you are a kit man, doctor
or secretary on the bench you have to
Mourinho chided by medics for
'unjust' downgrading of doctor
NYON---Lionel Messi and Luis
Suarez of Champions League
winner Barcelona will compete
with Real Madrid s Cristiano
Ronaldo for UEFA s Best Player
in Europe award for last season.
UEFA says the three stars topped
a Europe-wide poll of journalists
who chose from a 10-player short-
list. The same 54-member panel
picks a winner on August 27 at
the Champions League group draw
Messi and Ronaldo had a sea-
son-long duel for the Champions
League scoring record and resume
this season tied on 77 goals.
Suarez is nominated despite
starting his season in late-October
after serving a FIFA fan for biting
at the World Cup.
The Uruguay forward scored the
decisive goal in Barcelona's 3-1 win
over Juventus in the Champions
Five Juventus players were
ROME---Manchester City striker
Edin Dzeko has joined Roma on
a season-long loan with a view
to a permanent transfer.
The Bosnia international scored
72 goals in 189 appearances for
City since joining from Wolfsburg
in January 2011 but he dropped
down the striking pecking order.
City says the 29-year-old Dzeko
will move permanently to Roma
if "certain conditions are met" at
the end of the season.
Dzeko has won the Premier
League twice. (AP)
Dzeko joins Roma on season-long loan
Messi, Suarez, Ronaldo in running
for UEFA Best Player award
understand the game.
"You have to know you have one
player less and to assist a player
you must be sure he has a serious
Frustrated at dropping two points
at the start of Chelsea's title defence,
Mourinho concluded that Hazard
"did not have a serious problem."
But the Premier League Doctors
Group issued a strong defense on
behalf of Carneiro yesterday, saying
the medics were clearly summoned
by the referees to attend to Hazard.
Refusing to go onto the field would
have breached the doctor's duty to
a patient, said Mark Gillett, the
group's chairman who is West
Bromwich Albion's performance
"The Premier League Doctors'
Group considers that removing Dr
Eva Carneiro from the Chelsea team
bench for their next match is unjust
in the extreme," Gillett said in a
statement. "It is a huge concern
that Dr Carneiro has ... a change
in her professional role, merely
because she adhered to her code
of professional conduct and did her
Carneiro has remained silent in
public on the specifics of the case,
but she did issue a rare social media
posting on Sunday as the storm
over Mourinho's comments swelled.
"I would like to thank the general
public for their overwhelming sup-
port," Carneiro, who previously
worked for the British Olympic
Medical Institute and UK Athletics,
wrote on her verified Facebook
account. "Really very much appre-
At a club which frowns on back-
room staff beyond Mourinho and
his assistant speaking publicly, such
a comment will not have gone
down well---particularly as it
appeared to expose friction within
Chelsea only said yesterday "we
don't comment on internal staffing
matters" even as the club is being
criticised for seeming to undermine
"The precedent set by this inci-
dent demonstrates that the medical
care of players appears to be sec-
ondary to the result of the game,"
said Gillett, speaking on behalf of
the league's doctors.
Gillet said there is a "pressing
need to further establish and high-
light the explicit role of a Premier
Mourinho is likely to be asked
about it when he faces the media
ahead of Sunday's match against
Manchester City, the team Chelsea
took the title from last season.
Mourinho finding a distraction
or a scapegoat is nothing new. Usu-
ally, though, the targets to deflect
from his team's shortcomings are
referees or the media.
By picking a row with a Chelsea
colleague, Mourinho has revived
memories of the fall-out with
owner Roman Abramovich which
led to his first period in charge end-
ing in 2007.
That came a month into his third
season in charge---a milestone
Mourinho is just weeks away from
reaching in his second spell in the
west London club's dugout.
Given Mourinho only signed a
new four-year contract last week,
his future seems secure. But the
doctor dispute in the opening days
of the season shows that the self-
proclaimed Special One is doing
little to live up to his pledge on
returning to Chelsea in 2013 to be
the Happy One. (AP)
Chelsea's manager Jose Mourinho gestures during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea
and Swansea City at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, on Saturday. AP PHOTO
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