Some good news this morning, as Jose Mourinho avoids a potential five-match ban for verbal abuse and discriminatory language towards (soon-to-be-former?) Chelsea first-team doctor Eva Carneiro at the end of the Swansea City match on opening day of the 2015-16 season.
"Following information brought to the attention of The FA regarding Chelsea manager José Mourinho and alleged discriminatory comments made in the Premier League fixture between Swansea and Chelsea on 8 August, The FA has now concluded an investigation into the matter."
"The matter was brought to the attention of The FA on 8 September and led to the appointment of an independent academic expert in Portuguese linguistics to analyse the footage of the incident which included the audio recording."
"After receiving the report from the expert, The FA is satisfied that the words used do not constitute discriminatory language under FA Rules. Furthermore, both the words used, as translated and analysed by the independent expert, and the video evidence, do not support the conclusion that the words were directed at any person in particular. Consequently, on the evidence available to it, The FA will take no further action in relation to this matter."
-source: FA statement via Guardian
This reprehensible saga is far from over of course, with the very real threat of legal action to follow between Dr. Carneiro and Chelsea Football Club. Any possibility of an amicable resolution, which would see Dr. Carneiro return to work at Chelsea, perhaps after several public apologies, seems to be long gone.
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