City set to fine Tevez ANOTHER £400k for going AWOL
Published 22:30 09/11/11 By David Anderson
Carlos Tevez faces another £400,000 fine at Manchester City because he has gone AWOL.
And he has blown any lingering hopes of a reconciliation with Roberto Mancini after his latest act of indiscipline.
City are furious with Tevez for jetting home to Argentina on Monday night, despite being refused permission by acting chief executive John MacBeath and Mancini’s coaching staff.
He was supposed to return to training at Carrington yesterday after a day off on Tuesday and City are consulting their lawyers after his no-show.
The former Blues captain is in clear breach of the club’s disciplinary rules and could be hit with another fine of two weeks’ wages of £400,000 on top of the £400,000 he finally accepted on Tuesday for his Munich mutiny.
Mancini had told Tevez to work on his fitness over the international break and he is further away than ever from playing for City again.
Tevez’s camp say he has gone home to see his family and had tried to contact Mancini.
A spokesman for Tevez: “He tried countless times to speak to Roberto Mancini.
“He was told it was Mancini’s decision as to whether or not he could go and left numerous voice messages and texts on Mancini’s phone.
“He didn’t receive a response at all. He then flew to Argentina and tried to speak to Mancini again yesterday, leaving messages and texts.
“As of this moment we’ve had no response.”
The striker’s latest transgression has cost him what few friends he had left in England and even the PFA admit he has left himself open to a misconduct charge.
PFA chief Gordon Taylor backed Tevez in his disciplinary case with City, forcing them to reduce their original fine from four two two weeks, and says he is disappointed by his behaviour.
“In football terms we know the world we’re living in, but I do feel very disappointed to say the least, coming so soon when I was hoping things could move on,” said Taylor.
“It’s gone into reverse and now he’s left in a position that becomes very vulnerable. I’m sure it’s not only me, but his advisors as well who must be wondering where do we go form here?
“I don’t cut off any ties with my players, even when they’re in the wrong, but on the other hand I have to advise him that his actions aren’t doing himself any good at all.
“He’s leaving himself very vulnerable to action by the club and they could consider very serious actions coming so soon after the last problem. It’s no use saying otherwise, the lad’s digging himself a hole and it’s getting deeper.
“Bearing in mind what’s happened recently and the fact he was clearly told on more than one occasion that he wasn’t to return to Argentina and that he was on his fitness regime here, he’s flagrantly breeched that instruction.
“That goes to the heart of the contract and that could be gross misconduct in anybody’s language. I don’t want to pre-determine things, but I’m very concerned. It’s a serious situation and one that the PFA aren’t happy about and one I assume Manchester City aren’t either.”