Secret meeting fails to solve Mancini and Tevez differences
Roberto Mancini and Carlos Tevez had an extraordinary late-night meeting just hours after Manchester City had announced disciplinary proceedings against the striker on Wednesday evening.
The secret meeting, at Mancini's home, took place at 1.0am. It's understood Mancini told Tevez he would be allowed to train with the rest of the first team if he met a number of conditions.
Tevez had earlier been informed that he had a case to answer over an alleged breach of contract after being accused of refusing to play against Bayern Munich in last month's Champions League match.
Talks between the two sides had taken place before City's announcement and it's believed that they may actually came close to agreeing a form of words that could have led to the whole proceedings being ended. The idea of an agreement then collapsed.
Tevez is believed to have been told by Mancini that if he shook hands and apologised to him personally and publicly and then did the same with City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak then he would be allowed to train with the rest of the club's first-team squad yesterday.
Mancini added that, however, the disciplinary action against Tevez would not be dropped and he could give no guarantee that he would be considered for first-team selection.
Tevez (right) rejected these terms and said that he wanted Mancini to apologise to him, also, for stating that he had refused to play.
Although it's believed the player is prepared to apologise, it is only for an initial refusal to warm-up for a third time at the stadium. He denies he then refused to play. Tevez asked Mancini if he accepted that he did not refuse to play and the manager said he didn't. Tevez went home.
Last night City confirmed that the meeting had taken place but insisted that it did not alter the terms of the process which could lead to Tevez being fined several weeks pay (over £1m).
Tevez worked alone with a club's physio at City's Carrington training complex yesterday. The rest of the first-team squad trained with Mancini.
The formal disciplinary hearing will be staged within the next two weeks. Tevez can request that he is accompanied by City club captain Vincent Kompany or a member of the PFA. If the ruling goes against him he can appeal to the City board.
Ultimately, Tevez could take his case to the Premier League, which would form a tribunal hearing meaning that the dispute may not be settled until mid-December.
That timetable would scupper the chances of a club taking Tevez on loan. The January transfer window then opens with the expectation that Tevez will be sold for a cut-price £20m to end his time at City. (© Daily Telegraph, London)