PFA chief admits relief at Tevez apology
Published 19:17 22/02/12 By MirrorFootball
Players union' supremo Gordon Taylor is relieved Carlos Tevez is patching up his relationship with Manchester City.
The Argentinian striker said in a statement released by City that he was "sincerely and unreservedly" sorry for his actions in taking an unauthorised three-month leave of absence from the club.
He also withdrew his appeal against a fine of six weeks' wages.
Tevez has not played for City since he was accused of refusing to warm up during the Champions League defeat at Bayern Munich on September 27.
Manager Roberto Mancini said the player was "finished" at the club as a result, and the dispute escalated when the player then flew to Argentina without permission on November 7.
However, it seems he could now have a part to play as City chase the Premier League title over the closing months of the season.
Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Taylor is thankful a reconciliation appears possible.
"I'm very glad, having dealt with him and represented him," he said. "Sorry has been said; sometimes it's the hardest word. Sometimes if you can grasp that nettle early on it makes like so much better for all parties, that's what we're about in football: respect."
Taylor told Sky Sports News: "I hate seeing such top quality players in trouble with their clubs and in trouble with the game.
"This has gone on for too long and it's a real positive step for football, for Carlos Tevez and Manchester City."