London: Jose Mourinho's behaviour towards Chelsea first-team doctor Eva Carneiro has been "absolutely appalling", according to leading sports physician Peter Brukner.
Towards the end of Saturday's stuttering 2-2 draw at home to Swansea, the reigning champions were temporarily reduced to nine men as Eden Hazard had to leave the field following treatment.
Chelsea boss Mourinho was visibly infuriated to see physio Jon Fearn and doctor Carneiro run on to the field to give him that treatment, telling the media afterwards that their "impulsive and naïve" decision showed they did not "understand the game".
Since then, Press Association Sport has learned Carneiro's role at Chelsea is changing significantly, meaning she will no longer be involved in matches and training sessions.
That seeming demotion understandably raises questions over her long-term future and Brukner, formerly Liverpool's head of sports medicine and sports science, believes Mourinho owes his medical staff an apology.
"I thought it was appalling behaviour by the manager," Brukner said.