Mancini: Tevez is finished here after refusing to come on as a sub
Published 21:57 27/09/11 By Oliver Holt
Furious Roberto Mancini has told Carlos Tevez his Manchester City career was over after his players mutinied against him.
Tevez refused to warm-up when Mancini wanted to bring him on as a second half substitute for Samir Nasri with half an hour to go as City crashed to a 2-0 defeat to Bayern Munich.
And Edin Dzeko shouted at Mancini and hurled his track suit top to the floor after he was substituted in the 56th minute of the chaotic Champions League match.
After the game, a shaken and angry Mancini said Tevez had played his last game for the club - and it is possible his contract will be cancelled.
The Italian also warned Dzeko and the rest of the City squad that he would no longer tolerate shows of dissent from them during matches.
"While I am manager, Carlos will not play again," said Mancini. "I don't want another situation like this. Never. With me, he is finished.
"This can't happen in a top club, when a player refuses to help his team-mates in an important match.
"Do you think a player can do this at Bayern Munich, AC Milan or Manchester United? Never."
After the match, Tevez refused to apologise or properly explain his refusal to play.
"I did not feel I was right to play so I did not play," he told Sky Sports, through an interpreter.
"I was the top scorer at the end of last season. I always act professionally so if Mancini does not want to play me again that is up to him."
Mancini was so angry it is highly unlikely his position on Tevez will soften.
"In the next few days, I will speak to the chairman about his contract and he will decide what to do," he said.
"I don't know why he was upset. Maybe because he did not go on as the first substitute.
"But I decide these things. At that moment, I decided to change Edin with Nigel de Jong because I wanted to make sure we didn't concede a third goal as we still had 30 minutes to the end.
"Then Carlos refused to warm up and go on the pitch. He was going to be the second substitution.
"I decide this, not Carlos. If one player earns a lot of money and plays for Manchester City in this competition and refuses to play, then he can never play for us.
"As for Dzeko, if he plays better next time, then maybe he can stay on the pitch.
"If we want to improve to the level of Bayern Munich, some players need to improve their behaviour.
"Dzeko was unhappy but I should be the one who is unhappy after his performance, not Dzeko.
"This is the last time that any player moves his head from side to side like this when they are substituted. You can feel upset inside but keep it inside."
City now lie third in Group A with one point from their first two matches and face a struggle to qualify ahead of either Bayern or Napoli, who beat Villarreal 2-0 on the night.