You are now leaving Manchester
“He refused to play,” said Mancini. “No I didn’t,” said Tevez. It was never going to take much to rock the boat at star-studded Manchester City but Carlos Tevez practically capsized it as City sank to a 2-0 defeat in Munich.
September 28th, 2011
If Carlos Tevez’s days at City weren’t numbered already, given that he has publically claimed that he wants out, they are now after Tevez seemingly refused to come off the bench during the second half.
Tevez, yet to start a game for City this season, later said that he didn’t refuse to play at all and that, in short, he “doesn’t want to talk about it”.
The slightly longer version of Tevez’s statement apologised to the supporters for the incident but, whilst still denying that he refused to play, failed to explain why he remained stubbornly sat down when his manager had asked him to take his tracksuit off.
“There was some confusion on the bench and I believe my position may have been misunderstood.”
He continued: “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.
“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.”
That “when required” thing could be the key clause in that statement, because Mancini made it clear that if he had his way (and given that he’s the manager, he probably does), Tevez has played his last game for Manchester City.
And above all else, Tevez’s antics have taken the gloss off our winning tip of Bayern to win to-nill.