Ex-Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro now owns an English football club and is helping to set up a World Cup hospital in Qatar
SEVEN years ago, Eva Carneiro argued with Jose Mourinho while she was a physio at Chelsea.
She later lost her job with the Blues, but was awarded damages for her dismissal in court.
Now she’s thriving in football again – as an investor in non-league Lewes FC.
The 48-year-old Gibraltarian is also working with Aspetar Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Hospital in Qatar ahead of this year’s World Cup.
It completes a remarkable turn of fortune for the doctor.
In 2015, Chelsea boss Mourinho was exasperated when she ran onto the pitch with chief physio Jon Fearn to treat an injured Eden Hazard during a Premier League game with Swansea.
The Special One were furious that the game was called off in injury time, as Chelsea pushed for a winner.
“I was not happy with my medical staff because even if you are a doctor or a secretary on the bench, you have to understand the game,” he fumed at the final whistle.
Carneiro was banned by the club, banned from attending training or matches.
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She quit her job six weeks later, but sued the club for constructive dismissal.
The case was settled on the second day confidentially.
“I am relieved that today we were able to conclude this case in court,” she said.
“It has been an extremely difficult and distressing time for me and my family and I now look forward to moving on with my life.”
Desperate to move on, Carneiro began working as a private consultant at Sports Medical Group in London.
She kept a low profile, having been propelled into the limelight by the Blues.
In an interview with L’Equipe, she showed how she felt about the game.
“To be honest, it took me almost a year to be able to watch a football game. The 2016 Champions League final was the only game I could sit watching last year,” said she revealed.
His medical expertise was, however, necessary for the organizers of the Qatar World Cup.
She was tasked with developing programs for the Aspetar Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Hospital in Qatar, where the players will be treated.
And last year she would return to football as owner of Lewes FC – joining Judy and Andy Murray as an investor in the club.
She wanted to get involved with the non-championship team after seeing their campaign called #CallHimOut – set up to highlight violence against women, as well as the men’s team tweeting that they would call it misogynistic language if they heard it during matches.
After visiting the Dripping Pan and snapping a photo with co-director Karen Lobres, she took to social media to break her news.
She wrote: “Love the beautiful game. Imagine using its power for good. Imagine finding a club with values at the center of its philosophy. Imagine equal pay and equal access to facilities and pitch for men and women .
“It was a pleasure to watch a game at the Dripping Pan. The atmosphere was everything football should inspire.”