City hierarchy slap record €911,000 fine on Tevez for 'misconduct'
Published 26/10/2011 | 05:00
Carlos Tévez has been fined a record £792,000 (€911,000) and warned he will not be allowed to leave Manchester City for less than £40m after being found guilty of 'misconduct' following events during last month's Champions League defeat at Bayern Munich.
Although the club has not found the Argentine guilty of gross misconduct due to an inability to secure firm evidence of a refusal to play as a substitute in the Allianz Arena, City owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan has sanctioned a hard-line stance.
It is the club's belief that Tévez's conduct in Munich was premeditated after being informed six days previously that he would no longer receive £6m in loyalty bonuses as a result of his efforts to leave the club.
It is understood, however, that Tévez and his representatives will fight any such allegation at the highest level, with sources close to the player insisting that there is no foundation to the suggestions.
City's lengthy investigation into the incident in Munich, which involved interviews of witnesses on the bench alongside Tévez, concluded last week, with the club confirming in a statement that the player had been found guilty of five separate breaches of contract.
The statement said: "Manchester City Football Club can confirm that a disciplinary hearing has been concluded in relation to a charge of misconduct by Carlos Tévez. The charge relates to events during the Champions League match against Bayern Munich."
"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 Tévez has been fined four weeks' wages and has been suspended for a period of two weeks (deemed to have already been served)."
The primary breach of contractual obligation listed in the City statement -- an obligation to participate in any matches in which the player is selected to play for the club when directed by a Club official -- does not directly constitute a refusal to play.
Tévez is likely to appeal against his punishment and has 14 days in which to inform the club of his intentions.
In the meantime, he is expected to continue to train away from the first-team at the club's training ground. The player is available for selection for Mancini's team, but the manager's insistence in the wake of the Bayern game that Tévez was 'finished' and would 'never' play for the club again is understood to remain his position. (© Daily Telegraph, London)
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