Striker Carlos Tevez was fined four weeks' wages by
Manchester City on Tuesday after being found guilty of misconduct during last
month's Champions League tie at Bayern Munich.
City said in a statement, following a disciplinary hearing
that took place on Friday, that the Argentine international had committed five
separate breaches of contract.
They included "an obligation to participate in any
matches in which the player is selected to play ... when directed by a club
After the 2-0 defeat at Bayern, furious manager Roberto
Mancini told reporters Tevez had refused his request to go on as a second-half
The player denied the accusation, saying he had not been
asked to go on but to warm up and he felt he had already warmed up
There had been widespread media speculation Tevez might
never play for City again under Italian Mancini but the player's adviser also
said there was mis-translation at the time of the incident.
On Tuesday the disciplinary panel suspended Tevez for two
weeks but the ban was deemed to have already been served in the fall-out from
the Bayern match.
Tevez's career has been marked with controversy though few
have doubted his commitment on the field.
He joined City from Manchester rivals United in 2009 on a
five-year deal. According to media reports he is earning £150,000 ($239,563) a
Tevez was also given a written warning over his future
conduct on Tuesday and City have written to the Professional Footballers'
Association for ratification of the fine.
The player has 14 days to lodge an appeal.
Big-spending City, who have a five-point lead at the top of
the Premier League after crushing Manchester United 6-1 at Old Trafford on
Sunday, are owned by Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Mansour and are recognised as the
richest club in world football.
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