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Mourinho in the clear over FA probe, but Dr. Carneiro ignores Chelsea request to return to work

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There were two separate developments over the last day or so in the Mourinho vs. Chelsea medical team fiasco, which has, by and large, devolved into a Mourinho vs. Dr. Carneiro fiasco.  Forgotten man Jon Fearn, head physio, meanwhile, has apparently been working at the club, just not on matchdays.  It would appear that any fallout that may yet happen from this incident will not involve him directly and that he's ready to answer the club's call to return to his matchday duties.

However, as per The Times' report yesterday, Chelsea want both Fearn and Carneiro to return at the same time.  Talks have supposedly been under way to facilitate this perhaps as soon as the Arsenal match, but if the latest reports are true, that's highly unlikely to happen tomorrow, or anytime soon for that matter.

Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro did not report for work on Friday despite being told to do so by the Premier League club. [...] Jon Fearn, the Chelsea physio, has continued to work during the intervening weeks although he has not, yet, been reinstated to bench duties. It is understood that Carneiro may have acted on legal advice and decided to stay away on Friday despite the club's request.

The next move is unclear with the continued expectation among Chelsea staff that Carneiro will not resume her role as first-team doctor and could be preparing a case for constructive dismissal. However there have been claims she will return to work soon.

-source: Telegraph

While it would not be surprising to see this incident eventually result in legal action (no doubt followed quickly by a sealed settlement), yesterday's report gave us some hope that a more amicable resolution could be found.  If Jason Burt of the Telegraph is correct, that's not really a possibility, at least not right just yet.

In better news, Jose Mourinho is apparently set to be cleared by The FA over allegations of bringing the game into disrepute by using abusive or even sexist language towards Dr. Carneiro at the end of the Swansea City match.

The Football Association are not expected to take any action against Jose Mourinho over his bust-up with club doctor Eva Carneiro. [...] The FA are still studying video evidence of the incident, but Standard Sport understands it is highly unlikely that Mourinho will have a case to answer.

-source: Evening Standard

Unfortunately, a return to the bench for the "demoted" pair is not looking any closer and may even be beyond the point of no return for Dr. Carneiro.