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Tevez could sue Mancini

Carlos Tevez could consider suing Roberto Mancini for defamation after Manchester City ruled him guilty of refusing to play against Bayern Munich.

City have effectively concluded that the Argentinian was guilty of mutiny when asked to come on as a substitute by manager Roberto Mancini during the Champions League defeat at Bayern Munich four weeks ago.

Tevez has twice submitted transfer requests and failed in an attempt to engineer a move to Brazilian club Corinthians in the summer but the club will not allow what they consider indiscipline to hasten a cut-price departure.

City valued the 27-year-old, their top scorer and inspiration during last season's FA Cup-winning campaign, at more than £40million earlier this year.

A club spokesman told Press Association Sport: "I can confirm that following a call between Roberto and the chairmantoday, the club's formal position is that no offer for Carlos Tevez will be considered unless it reflects true market value."

Press Association Sport understands the club will allow Mancini to decide what happens to Tevez over the remainder of his contract, which expires in 2014.

After a "detailed investigation" the club have found in favour of Mancini over events on the bench at the Allianz Arena last month.

Mancini claimed Tevez had refused to come on during the second half of the 2-0 defeat and added he would be "finished" at the club as a result. Tevez denied the allegation and blamed a misunderstanding, saying that he had merely refused to warm up and he deemed that unnecessary as he had already done so.

Tevez was suspended for two weeks while the matter was investigated and asked to attend a hearing in front of a disciplinary panel last Friday.

The panel found Tevez guilty of five breaches of contract including a failure to play when requested and a failure to follow the instructions of a club official.

The other offences refer to failure to fulfil other duties, breaching the rules of various governing bodies and potentially bringing the game into disrepute or damaging the club.

City's statement read: "Following a detailed investigation and associated hearing, a disciplinary panel has upheld the charge of misconduct.

"Five separate breaches of contract formed the basis of the decision by the panel.

"As a result Carlos Tevez has been fined four weeks' wages and has been suspended for a period of two weeks (deemed to have already been served). He has received a written warning as to his future conduct.

"Carlos Tevez has been informed in writing of the decision of the disciplinary panel, and the club has written to the Professional Footballers' Association for ratification of the fine."

Tevez now has 14 days to decide whether to appeal but Press Association Sport understands the player will contest the ruling.

An appeal would be heard by City's board directors but if they were also to rule against Tevez, he could appeal again to the Premier League.

Press Association Sport also understands Tevez is considering suing Mancini for defamation of character over his post-match interviews.

Tevez is sticking to his assertion he refused to warm up and is not guilty of anything else.

The appeals process could see the saga run until December.

City believe their position is legally sound and Press Association Sport understands their investigation also determined the incident was pre-meditated.

It is thought Tevez was informed in the week prior to the Bayern Munich match that he had forfeited a potential loyalty bonuses of £6million as a result of his transfer requests.

The situation was exacerbated by the collapse of a move to Corinthians in the summer which the club had agreed to try to push through on the understanding his contract could not be renegotiated if it broke down.

Tevez also did not warm up with the rest of the team prior to the game in Munich.

These factors, combined with the realisation he had become fourth-choice striker, contributed to his refusal to play, the club believe.

The Argentinian had certainly slipped down the pecking order since the summer, with Munich the sixth time he had been named on the bench this season.

He is theoretically available for selection but seems highly unlikely to be recalled by Mancini in the present climate and the club will back whatever stance the Italian takes.

The striker has been training alone since returning from suspension almost a fortnight ago.


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