After costing Chelsea two points against Swansea on the opening day of the season by committing the heinous crime of providing a stricken player with medical assistance, Blues club doctor Eva Carneiro has been banned from the dugout by Jose Mourinho.
The Gibraltar-born physician, currently considering herself fortunate for avoiding the firing squad, will now perform her duties exclusively from the west Londoners’ training ground.
Allowing Carneiro on the bench ever again would only jeopardise the club’s chances of winning more points in the future and, as Mourinho and his side bravely battle against schemes of the FA and referees hell-bent on derailing Chelsea’s honest attempts to win success, the risk is too big a one to take.
Unfortunately, a growing, slow-witted cross-section of the population haven’t seen the Portuguese’s actions for what they are.
These unenlightened individuals regard the decision as harsh, unnecessary, some have gone so far as to label the move as ‘ridiculous’.
Those harbouring such laughable opinions will surely see the light when Chelsea, liberated from rogue medics entering the field of play at will, beat Manchester City this weekend, available to back at 11/4 with bwin.com; an irresistible price given the circumstances.
As if that wasn’t tempting enough, the bookies in black and gold have also drawn up a market on the Mourinho-Carneiro debacle, with a price of 3/1 the doctor’s healing hands are rejuvenating the players of another Premier League outfit at some point in this season.
A far flimsier 1/5 says this won’t happen, while the unlikelihood of the feuding pair hugging on live TV before Chelsea’s trip to the Etihad underlined by a price of 50/1.
The odds compilers reckon Carneiro stands a better chance of hosting her own TV show than getting an on-air apology from Mourinho, going 40/1 that she capitalises upon this unwanted propulsion into the public eye to embark upon a career on the small screen.