FA Chairman Greg Dyke has said that Jose Mourinho’s “failure of personal judgement” is to blame for the outcome of the Eva Carneiro saga.
Carneiro recently left the club after her role was downgraded, following an incident on the opening day of the season in the 2-2 draw with Swansea at Stamford Bridge.
The 42-year old, along with head physio Jon Fearn, rushed onto the pitch in stoppage time to treat midfielder Eden Hazard, temporarily leaving the Blues with eight outfield players.
Mourinho labelled his medical team ‘naive’ and ‘impulsive’, but was earlier this week cleared of making discriminatory comments having been reported by a member of the public.
But Dyke, in a letter to FA Council members, said the 52-year-old Portuguese “made a mistake”.
The campaign group ‘Women in Football’ said it too was “appalled” by the decision.
The FA has also been criticised by one of its own board members – Heather Rabbatts – for its handling of the case.
Rabbatts, head of the FA’s inclusion advisory board, said the governing body’s reaction had been “seriously disappointing”.
“I have major concerns over the way in which the disciplinary process has been conducted,” she added.
Despite the FA panel clearing Mourinho after studying video footage of the incident, Dyke said that the incident didn’t bode well:
“I don’t think Mr. Mourinho comes well out of the whole saga – he clearly made a mistake in the heat of a game, and should have said so and apologised.
“Instead he has said very little and Miss Carneiro has lost her job.
“Our regulatory team have investigated this and whilst Mr Mourinho has breached no rules, it was clearly a failure of his personal judgement and public behaviour.”