• FIFA medical committee chairman Michel D’Hooghe wants to discuss whether FIFA need directives over a team doctor’s code of conduct
  • Dr Eva Carneiro has been stripped of first team duties at Chelsea
  • She and physio Jon Fearn riled Jose Mourinho for treating Eden Hazard
  • David Gill appears to prefer his UEFA executive duties more than role as the British representative to FIFA
  • BT Sport now know where some of their £897m in rights money goes after UEFA’s over-opulent gala dinner after after the Champions League draw  

Charles Sale for the Daily Mail

FIFA are to discuss Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho’s ruthless treatment of club doctor Eva Carneiro at a high-level medical summit next month.

Carneiro infuriated Mourinho when she rushed on to the pitch to treat Eden Hazard in the club’s opening Premier League game against Swansea, leaving Chelsea – who were already down to 10 men – vulnerable defensively.

The doctor has since been stripped of first-team duties and is no longer involved at training sessions, on matchdays or in the team hotel.

And the Carneiro situation has concerned FIFA medical committee chairman Michel D’Hooghe strongly enough for him to want to debate whether FIFA need to issue directives over a team doctor’s code of conduct. 

Dr Eva Carneiro was berated by Jose Mourinho for going on the pitch to treat Eden Hazard 

Dr Eva Carneiro was berated by Jose Mourinho for going on the pitch to treat Eden Hazard 

The incident, which also saw physio Jon Fearn relieved of first-team duties, will be discussed by the  FIFA medical committee after being put on the agenda by chairman Michel D’Hooghe

The incident, which also saw physio Jon Fearn relieved of first-team duties, will be discussed by the  FIFA medical committee after being put on the agenda by chairman Michel D’Hooghe

Belgian D’Hooghe, a respected FIFA executive committee member, said: ‘I have put it on the agenda of the medical committee that takes place on September 11 in Zurich. You would expect me to support the team doctor.

‘The most important thing is if he arrives in a situation where he thinks he has to judge between his medical duty and other issues then he must not hesitate.

‘This is once again an example of the difficult situation of the team doctor and I want to discuss this with my colleagues and to see if we need to give a declaration from the medical side to help team doctors. 

‘Such problems arise everywhere in the world but of course it has come up with Mourinho and Chelsea.’

Carneiro was been pictured for the first time since her disagreement with Mourinho last week walking a dog

Carneiro was been pictured for the first time since her disagreement with Mourinho last week walking a dog

David Gill, English football’s multi-tasking FA, Premier League, UEFA and FIFA power broker, clearly enjoys his UEFA executive duties more than his recent FIFA role as the British representative. 

Gill missed the World Cup draw in St Petersburg because of his 34th wedding anniversary. But he has been fully engaged with all UEFA activities in Monaco this week.

David Gill seems to enjoy his UEFA executive job more than his recent role as FIFA's British representative

David Gill seems to enjoy his UEFA executive job more than his recent role as FIFA’s British representative

Chelsea are the worst offenders when it comes to English football sending a low-key representation to the Champions League group stage draw, the domain of chairmen and chief executives from elsewhere in Europe. 

The Stamford Bridge delegation in Monaco comprised former goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini, a club ambassador, and assistant secretary Claire Hembrow.

FIFA are seemingly making no secret of their dirty-tricks campaign to destabilise Michel Platini’s bid for the FIFA presidency. 

FIFA PR operative Thomas Renggli admitted to a Swiss newspaper that he sent an anti-Platini article to German media, and FIFA shamelessly facilitated a media-agencies interview with a potential presidential candidate – South African Tokyo Sexwale – on the eve of a Platini press conference.

FIFA PR operative Thomas Renggli admitted to a Swiss paper that he sent an article that wasn't favourable to FIFA presidency candidate Michel Platini to German media

FIFA PR operative Thomas Renggli admitted to a Swiss paper that he sent an article that wasn’t favourable to FIFA presidency candidate Michel Platini to German media

Payments for PFA chief Gordon Taylor were explained, in part, by his deputy chief Bobby Barnes

Payments for PFA chief Gordon Taylor were explained, in part, by his deputy chief Bobby Barnes

Barnes back on beach

PFA chief Gordon Taylor’s loyal deputy chief executive, Bobby Barnes, came closest to explaining Taylor’s £3.4million package of payments in 2014 while sunning himself on the beach in Monaco on Friday.

Barnes, a long-time apologist for Taylor, said his boss had not had a pay rise on his seven-figure annual salary for five years or more.

Although he wouldn’t give details about Taylor’s one-off payment – reported to be around £2m – Barnes said it was a recognition of his boss’s 34 years at the PFA, after which his salary would revert to £1.1m plus benefits.

But it was no surprise that Barnes hurried back to his sun lounger when asked to comment about the widespread furore surrounding Taylor’s PFA cash mountain.

The sizeable BT Sport rights-holder contingent in Monaco for the Champions League draw who attended the over-opulent gala dinner afterwards, complete with a band and a wholly unnecessary fireworks display in one of the principality’s most swish locations, already have a better understanding of where some of their £897m goes.

Former FA chairman Geoff Thompson is as bemused as anyone why FIFA president Sepp Blatter should say that Michel Platini did not attend a football festival in Switzerland last weekend because he was at Thompson’s 70th birthday party in Basle. 

Neither Platini nor any other football dignitary was invited to Thompson’s restaurant bash for 15 family and friends.

 

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