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Tevez strike, say British newspapers

posted 28 Sep 2011, 05:06 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 28 Sep 2011, 05:11 ]


"Carloz Tevez on strike", say the British press after the Manchester City striker refuses to come on as substitute during City's 2-0 Champions League defeat by Bayern Munich.

LONDON, UK (SEPTEMBER 28, 2011) REUTERS - British newspaper sports headlines were dominated by Carlos Tevez after Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini had said that the unsettled striker was "finished" as a Manchester City player after he refused to go on as a second-half substitute in the English side's 2-0 defeat to bayern Munich.

Hoever, Tevez has denied he refused to play in Tuesday's Champions League Group A match, media reports added on Wednesday (September 28).

"There was some confusion on the bench and I believe my position may have been misunderstood," the 27-year-old Argentine international said in a statement, according to Sky Sports.

The Argentine, who joined City from rivals Manchester United two years ago, ignored Mancini's instruction to warm up early in the second half.

However, a contrite Tevez insisted he had not defied the manager's orders.

"I would like to apologise to all Manchester City fans, with whom I have always had a strong relationship, for any misunderstanding that occurred in Munich," he continued.

"They understand that when I am on the pitch I have always given my best for the club. In Munich on Tuesday, I had warmed up and was ready to play.

"This is not the right time to get into specific details as to why this did not happen. But I wish to state that I never refused to play.

"Going forward, I am ready to play when required and to fulfil my obligations."

The matter will now have to be referred to City's owner, Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi, but his largely unprecedented behaviour left Mancini fuming and vowing never to pick him again.

Tevez has had an uneasy truce with City since angling for a move away from the club over the last year, citing family reasons.

He has only played one full match this season, in last week's win over Birmingham City in the League Cup.

He made a nine-minute appearance as a substitute in City's opening Champions League match two weeks ago against Napoli, and has also made two substitute appearances in the Premier League and started one game.

Tevez has never been far from controversy since moving to England and West Ham United with fellow Argentine Javier Mascherano in 2006, transfers that caused huge problems because their rights were owned by a third party, Media Sports Investments.

The issue, which dragged on for months, eventually saw West Ham being fined 5.5 million pounds ($9.0 million) by the Premier League and after one season at the Hammers Tevez joined Manchester United in 2007.

Although he was part of the United team that won the 2008 Champions League final against Chelsea in Moscow, he fell out with the club during the following season and joined United's rivals and neighbours City at the start of the 2009-10 season.

The deal, reported to have cost City around 32 million pounds, was also worth a reported 225,000 pounds in weekly wages to Tevez.

However, he soon let it be known he was unhappy in Manchester because he was missing his daughters in Argentina and came close to leaving the club in the close season despite May's FA Cup triumph. A proposed move back to Brazil and Corinthians broke down, though.

"There's nothing to do in Manchester," he told Argentine chat show host Susana Gimenez last June. "There are two restaurants. Everything is very small. It rains all the time. You can't go anywhere. There comes a moment when you say, 'where am I going to go with my family?' And you begin to feel bad. Of course, one trains, plays, does things, but when the family or friends come, one feels bad and you can't take them to the movies because they don't understand anything."