FA clears Jose Mourinho in Eva Carneiro controversy

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will face no action after the Football Association cleared him of making discriminatory comments towards then club doctor Eva Carneiro.

FA clears Jose Mourinho in Eva Carneiro controversy

The pair had a fiery confrontation on the touchline towards the end of the Blues’ opening game of the season against Swansea, with Mourinho afterwards criticising Carneiro for going on to the pitch to treat Eden Hazard. Carneiro has since parted company with the club.

There had been suggestions Mourinho had used abusive language towards Carneiro but the FA, after analysing audio footage of the incident, announced it “is satisfied that the words used do not constitute discriminatory language under FA Rules”.

Meanwhile Diego Costa is optimistic of a swift about-turn in fortunes for Chelsea after their 2-1 defeat at Jose Mourinho’s former club Porto saw them slip to third place in Champions League Group G.

Costa played two games into a three-match domestic suspension, but even his return could not boost Chelsea enough to claim victory.

The Spain striker, who was banned for violent conduct for grappling with Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny, said on espnfc.co.uk: “To come out of this we need to be all together, and for everyone to give a little more.

“We are not playing well, this is not a good moment, but we have players to get out of this easily.”

Costa completes his ban in Saturday’s Premier League clash with Southampton, but it is difficult to know who will replace him as fellow strikers Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao were not selected to travel to Portugal.

Oscar also did not fly, while Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matic joined captain John Terry on the substitutes’ bench. Nevertheless, Costa felt Chelsea did enough to win at Porto, only to concede a “ridiculous” winner from a corner. “We had the game under control,” Costa added.

Things changed when they scored, but we quickly equalised. In the second half the same thing happened - we were lacking concentration at key moments of the game.”

Mourinho maintains his side can progress in the Champions League as Group G winners, despite the Porto loss. Mourinho told Chelsea TV: “We finish the group with Porto at Stamford Bridge. We have now a double match against Dynamo (Kiev).

“The next match is in Dynamo and in this moment they have four points and we have only three.

“Hard, hard group, but I think we can qualify and more than qualify — I think we still can finish first.”

The Blues are understood to be keen to sign former AC Milan goalkeeper Marco Amelia as experienced cover for Asmir Begovic. Begovic is deputising for Thibaut Courtois, who is out until December with a knee injury, while youngster Jamal Blackman is providing back-up. The Italian spent a few days training with Chelsea last week.

“We need a goalkeeper now, not in January,” Mourinho said on Monday.

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