The run up to Chelsea’s biggest game of the season so far has been marred with controversy.
The row between Jose Mourinho and his medical staff certainly made for unpleasant viewing – more so than Juan Cuadrado’s performances in a Chelsea shirt – which is really saying something. That has dominated headlines throughout the week, and made for an interesting, if carefully worded response from Mourinho during his pre-match presser on Friday.
The Chelsea boss reiterated it was his decision to ban both Eva Carneiro and Jon Fearn from the bench for the Manchester City clash – not that you’d know Fearn was even involved in the incident, given it has been billed as Jose v Eva, man v woman.
That, and the behaviour of both Mourinho and Carneiro has now been firmly placed in the shade, given The Sun have chosen to run an exclusive on the doctor, predictably focusing on her personal, and not professional life.
Of course they found a reporter willing to dig into her personal life. Of course they found a bitter ex willing to make outrageous and let’s not forget, completely and utterly unsubstantiated allegations about the doctor and players at Chelsea Football Club.
Apparently, Eva ‘loves sex’ and is obsessed with attention – oh, and the icing on the cake. She slept with a Chelsea player while she was with said ex, and would scream that at him during arguments.
Obviously all media outlets are now running with the story, and cannot seem to substantiate anything.
He ‘claims’ to have dated the doctor for 15 months. He ‘claims’ she slept with a player. He ‘claims’ she is sex mad and attention seeking. Everything is conjecture, speculation, and frankly, extremely damaging and defamatory to her character.
Rupert Patterson-Ward claimed:
This woman ruined my life. Eva would blurt out she had slept with one of the players during heated rows. She said it just to make me feel bad.
Eva is a very sexual woman and not many people know the real her. She’s ruthless and gets whatever and whoever she wants.
I was besotted with her and we were planning a family, but she chewed me up and spat me out.
Eva loved sex. It was so important to her. We would have sex every single day.
The fact that phrases such as ‘may not be as innocent as she seems’ and ‘possible romp’ have been used – in this case by Caught Offside – tell you everything you need to know.
The story is utter rubbish.
The Sun, who of course ‘broke’ the story, in a predictably stunning piece of journalism, with a ‘Sex-mad Chelsea medic’ headline, use the quote ‘I don’t believe it was true’, in connection with the allegation she bedded a player.
Despite this, they are happy to make the story seem as though the medical professional had a full blown affair with a player, and should be utterly embarrassed.
More to the point, they should be fully aware how the story will be picked up and portrayed in other publications.
The fact that a sad and bitter man alleges she shouted, in the heat of an argument, she slept with a player does not mean she did. Yet it seems to have been taken as gospel by newspapers and websites everywhere, with the headlines ranging from ‘Eva Carneiro affair’ to ‘Eva Carneiro had an affair with Chelsea player.’
Carneiro could be a virgin. She could be a sex addict. Quite frankly, who cares? Does it impact on her ability to do her job? The fact she has held such a position of responsibility at Chelsea for so long would tell you otherwise.
That is her personal life and should not be dragged through the mud. Sex lover or not, that’s her prerogative, her business, and shame on both Patterson-Ward for coming out and making such claims, and the tabloids for paraphrasing and sensationalising them further.
This is not only making damaging claims about Eva as a person, but also a professional, and is where The Sun, and every single other publication who have run with the story should be utterly ashamed of themselves.
Yes, if there is unequivocal proof, fine, run the story. Not in such a sensational way, maybe, but that’s reporting.
This? This is just sexism at its finest, and allegations that Carneiro should take legal action against, because they will follow her around for the rest of her career.
It is hard enough to be a woman working in such a man’s world, and for a clearly bitter former boyfriend to go and spill what may – or let’s face it, may not – be the truth to national newspapers, and for them to run with the story is disgraceful, and tells you everything you need to know about the media today.
Oh, and as for her ex, there’s only one person who has done the chewing up and spitting out here, and it’s not Carneiro.