Ex Chelsea and England legend Graeme Le Saux has blasted Jose Mourinho's treatment of Eva Carniero, saying the public spat will put off women from seeking a career in football.
Le Saux, who now sits on the FA's inclusion advisory board, said the game has "gone back 30 years" due to Mourinho's singling out of Carniero after she ran onto the pitch to treat Eden Hazard during Chelsea's draw with Swansea in August. Mourinho described her actions as "impulsive and naive", but will not face disciplinary action from the FA.
Speaking to The Times, Le Saux said: “Some good people at the FA have taken a kicking after concluding there was insufficient evidence to charge Mourinho, whilst the whole furore may also deter women from becoming involved in football, as well as discouraging clubs from employing them. A lot of people are working very hard to get the game in a better place, but after the last few weeks it feels as if we’ve gone back 30 years.”
Le Saux played twice for Chelsea in a career spanning three decades, which also included a League winner's medal with Blackburn and a place in England's revered Euro 96 side.