FIFA is set to discuss Eva Carneiro and Jon Fearn situation this Friday, but it remains unclear what jurisdiction it can have on the matter.
Mary O’Rouke QC of the Football Medical Association claims that the Chelsea doctor and physio haven’t “done nothing wrong” and should be able to return to their role at the Blues if they still wants to resume her duties at the club.
O’ Rouke said: “I personally believe, as a football supporter and as someone who supports medics in sport, the best outcome in this case would be for her and John Fearn to be back on the bench sending the message out to the football world they did nothing wrong.
“I think you will find FIFA on Friday saying the same thing that they did nothing wrong because their duty was to the player as their patient, the referee, the FA and actually their job in the club is to look after the players not to run the team and not to be tactically aware.
“Much though one understands the passion of the manager or coach you [as a medical professional] have to prioritise the player because, apart from anything else, if a player sues he doesn’t sue the manager he sues the doctor, physio or the club.
“No-one wants to hang anyone out to dry here. If you start making someone do public apologies or losing face that can impact on a future working relationship and surely what Chelsea and other football medics would want would be to patch it up.”
The lawyer explains Carneiro taking legal instruction does not mean she will be suing Chelsea in the future: “You don’t just engage a lawyer to go to court, you engage them to give you your legal rights whether it be to return to work or negotiate a new deal or contract.
“You put yourself into their position. They must be in their dream jobs so would you want to lose that job?