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On Thursday, the English FA declined to punish Chelsea or Jose Mourinho over the way they handled the mess with former team doctor Eva Carneiro that ultimately lead to her leaving the team, but did say that Mourinho should apologize over the whole mess. That result surprised Carneiro, as apparently no one from the FA bothered to talk to her about it.
Here's #EvaCarneiro statement criticising FA in Mourinho case @ChelseaFC #CFC pic.twitter.com/NlpwRO2bhE— PA Dugout (@PA_dugout) October 2, 2015
This is the first thing Carneiro has said in public since she left her position as Chelsea's team doctor last month, and it's pretty scathing. Frankly, it's hard to blame her for being upset under the circumstances.
Goal of the day
Gonzalo Higuain beat five defenders on his own and hit a precision shot on the run.
In the news
Speaking of Chelsea, Mourinho thinks this is the worst season of his career so far in terms of the team's performance. (BBC)
Italy are steadily closing the UEFA coefficient gap with England, putting the EPL's fourth Champions League spot in jeopardy. (Football Italia)
Jack Grealish was invited to train with England's senior side during the international break, but Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood blocked the move. (BBC)
Spanish lawmakers are trying to help Barcelona circumvent their transfer ban so they can register Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal. (Marca)
Roy Hodgson won't give Wayne Rooney or any other player guarantees of them making England's Euro 2016 squad. (Telegraph)
You should be reading
David Hytner thinks Delle Alli's rise since joining Tottenham has been "unreal." (Guardian)
How Max Allegri utilized Andrea Barzagli had a huge impact for Juventus in their win over Sevilla. (Black & White & Read All Over)
Thomas Tuchel is gushing about how much fun he's had coaching Borussia Dortmund (BVB.de)
Jonathan Wilson wonders if Theo Walcott is ever going to come good. (Guardian)
What happened in Thursday's matches
FC Kansas City beat the Seattle Reign 1-0 in the NWSL Final. (Sounder at Heart)
Napoli beat Legia Warsaw 2-0 in Poland in the Europa League, thanks in part to that great Higuain goal above. (The Siren's Song)
Fiorentina trashed Portuguese hopefuls Belenenses to the tune of a 4-0 Europa League win. (Viola Nation)
Still in the Europa League, Liverpool drew 1-1 with FC Sion... (The Liverpool Offside)
... and Tottenham Hotspur couldn't better that result against AS Monaco, with the same 1-1 scoreline. (Cartilage Free Captain)
Want to know about the rest of the Europa League results? Read up, there were some big surprises. (UEFA.com)
What to watch on Friday (click for listings, all times ET)
La Liga: Celta Vigo vs. Getafe (2:30 p.m.): Celta still have yet to lose this season. Can they keep their Cinderella going against a tough-if-struggling Getafe side? This has "potential trap" written all over it.
MLS: DC United vs. New York City FC (7 p.m.): A fourth straight win for NYCFC could help push them back into the playoff picture. Considering that DC United haven't won in MLS play since early August, a win for NYCFC isn't even all that unlikely.
Olympic Qualifying: Honduras vs. Haiti (9 p.m.), Mexico vs. Costa Rica (11:30 p.m.): Group B of CONCACAF's qualifying tournament for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil kicks off, and the Mexico-Costa Rica match will especially bear watching closely.
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