The Football Association will take no action against Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho over claims he used abusive, sexist language against former team doctor Eva Carneiro.
The Portuguese coach could have faced a five-match touchline ban if found guilty of improper conduct by the governing body's compliance department, who studied video footage of the alleged incident before returning their decision.
The language was alleged to have been used during the club's opening Premier League game against Swansea City when Carneiro and head physiotherapiost Jon Fearn went on to the pitch to treat Eden Hazard, who had gone down with an injury.
Despite the medical staff's assistance being requested by the match referee Michael Oliver, Mourinho was visibly angered by Carneiro and Fearn's intervention, fearing that it could leave his team with too few players on the pitch in the game's final stages.
In footage of the incident broadcasted by Sky Sports, the Portuguese coach could be seen shouting at his medical team from the touchline. He could then be seen having an exchange with Carneiro as she returned.
The FA was responding to complaint made by a member of the public. Under the governing body's rule E3, players and coaches can be penalised for using “offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures”. In cases where reference is made to gender, the minimum punishment is a five-match ban.
Carneiro and Fearn were subsequently demoted from the first-team bench following the incident and last week, the former decided to leave the club. She is believed to be considering legal action against the defending Premier League champions for constructive dismissal.Reuse content