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Mancini: 'Tevez won't play for me again'
Man City boss says he will not play striker again after he refused to play during Champs League defeat against Bayern.
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2011 10:01
Tevez has come under heavy criticism from manager Mancini and British press after his actions at the Allianz Arena last night [GALLO/GETTY]

Manchester City star Carlos Tevez on Wednesday denied refusing to come off the substitutes bench during his team's European Champions League defeat at Bayern Munich.

City manager Roberto Mancini angrily said Tevez was "finished" at the club after accusing the Argentinian of refusing to appear in the second half of Tuesday's game with the Premier League team trailing 2-0.

But Tevez denied Mancini's comments in a statement on Wednesday.

"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," Tevez said.

'Confusion'

The 27-year-old striker blamed his failure to appear on "confusion" on the City bench and apologised to the club's fans for "any misunderstanding."

"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," Tevez said.

"They understand that when I am on the pitch I have always given my best for the club.

"... there was some confusion on the bench and I believe my position may have been misunderstood.

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

Mancini had indicated Tevez - who is reportedly one of the highest earners in English football with weekly wages of more than $313,000 - would never play for the club again in the aftermath of Tuesday's defeat.

"If I have my way he will be out. He's finished with me," Mancini said.

"He refused to come on the pitch. What I said to Carlos is between me, him and the team but I am really disappointed because it is Carlos.

"Can you imagine a Bayern Munich, Milan or Man United player doing this?" he said.

"He refused to warm up and again refused to go on the pitch.

"If a player has a lot of money to play for Manchester City ... he can't (refuse to play), never."

Chairman's decision

Mancini later added he would be speaking with Manchester City chairman Khaldoon al-Mubarak in the next few days to decide what to do with Tevez.

"In the next days, we will speak with Khaldoon," said Mancini. "It is normal. He is the chairman. He decides everything.

"I cannot accept this behaviour from him (Tevez). I decide the substitutions, not Carlos."

Roberto Mancini

"I cannot accept this behaviour from him (Tevez). I decide the substitutions, not Carlos."

Ex-players and media commentators were united in support behind Mancini's hardline stance on Wednesday, with former Liverpool Graeme Souness describing Tevez as a "disgrace to football."

"He (Tevez) is one bad apple," Souness told Sky Sports.

"He's a disgrace to football. He epitomises what most people think is wrong with modern football.

"It is totally unacceptable. He's a football player and he is paid to play.

"He is refusing to help his team-mates. It's all about him, him, him."

Personal reasons

Tevez has cited family reasons for wanting to leave City [GALLO/GETTY]

Former City manager Mark Hughes, who signed Tevez before being replaced by Mancini in 2009, said the player's personal situation was behind his apparent unhappiness in Manchester.

Tevez has repeatedly signalled his desire to leave the club, citing a desire to be closer to his family in South America.

"The problem with Carlos is he missed his family," Hughes said.

"That's why he said if it was possible he wanted to leave the club, he had this situation with his family.

Yet sympathy was in short supply in the columns of British newspapers on Wednesday, where several commentators applauded Mancini for signalling the end of Tevez's career in Manchester.

"He should never be considered for the squad, never train with the first team. If he can be sold, profitably, then let him go. If not, let him rot beyond the reserves," Daily Mail chief sports writer Martin Samuel stated.

The Guardian's Richard Williams meanwhile accused Tevez - a "grotesquely over-indulged 27-year-old infant" - of committing a "crime against the game."

"If the outcome is an immediate transfer to Abu Dhabi, then that is exactly what he deserves: a career played out in a football desert," Williams wrote.

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