Jose Mourinho looks likely to avoid punishment, despite an FA probe into the abusive language he used during the incident that saw Eva Carneiro axed of matchday duties.
According to a report in the Independent, the FA received a complaint after the match against Swansea on 8 August and the governing body’s compliance department are now studying video evidence.
Mourinho could face up to a five-match ban if found guilty, although reports suggest the FA may find it difficult to prove the Chelsea manager’s quip was directed at her.
The Portuguese boss, who was critical of the pair afterwards, is thought to have said “filho da puta”, which translates as “son of a bitch”, on the touchline in footage which was swiftly uploaded to the internet.
It is understood the complaint received by the FA claims Mourinho said “filha da puta”, which translates as “daughter of a whore”.
The complainant was implying Mourinho was referring to Carneiro directly after she followed Fearn on to the field to treat Eden Hazard, but the comment has already been examined.
Club doctor Carneiro and first-team physiotherapist Jon Fearn were heavily criticised by Chelsea boss Mourinho for running on to the field to treat Eden Hazard after he was injured during stoppage time of the 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge.
“The FA has received an enquiry relating to an alleged incident during the Premier League fixture between Swansea v Chelsea on 8 August, and will make no further comment at this time,” read a statement.
Under rule E3, players and coaches can be penalised for using “offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures.”
Sky Sports released video footage of the moment Mourinho lost his temper.
Reports on Friday claimed Carneiro has been invited back to Chelsea’s Cobham training ground since being withdrawn from matchday duties, with doctor Chris Hughes and physiotherapist Steven Hughes having replaced her and Fearn.
Carneiro has not been seen at Chelsea since the incident on August 8, possibly through the legal advice she has taken from law firm Mishcon de Reya, but has been informed that she needs to return to duty now.
Whether Carneiro turns up at the Cobham training ground in Surrey remains to be seen – although physio Fearn, who also had his duties cut, has continued to work during the intervening period with the first-team.