Tevez hit with record £1.4m fine as City look for buyers
Carlos Tevez was last night facing the prospect of the heaviest fine in British football history and a maximum six-week ban, which will satisfy Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini's demand that he never plays for the club again.
A two-week City investigation has been unable to categorically prove Mancini's allegation that Tevez refused to enter the field of play, with his side 2-0 down at Bayern Munich last month, because a confused picture has emerged from those who were close to the Argentinian in the general melee at the Allianz Arena.
But the club has still found Tevez -- who claimed he had refused to warm up rather than to play -- guilty of misconduct.
The player was expected last night to be fined six week wages -- £1.4m -- which will take him way beyond the £150,000 and five-game ban handed to Manchester United's Roy Keane for bringing the game into disrepute over the account of his challenge on City's Alfie Haaland, in his autobiography.
As expected, City will not sack Tevez. Mancini did not want such a move, which would have risked a legal challenge by the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) on the player's behalf, an unwelcome distraction, as far as the manager was concerned.
But Tevez, who has already served two weeks of his suspension pending the outcome of the internal inquiry, will not be welcome at the club until late November. With only another nine games until the completion of his ban and the opening of the transfer window, City will believe he can be kept out of Mancini's presence until the club can sell him -- probably for as little as £20m.
Tevez, who arrived back in Britain on a flight into London early yesterday, will be given the chance to respond to the findings of the City inquiry.
The club had to make the PFA aware of their decision, under the terms of an agreement reached 10 years ago when the maximum two-week suspension was extended to six, and under the standard contract for footballers, the PFA can only approve the severity of such a punishment if the player has, in principle, accepted it.
The challenge for City is now to get Tevez off their books. Juventus general director Giuseppe Marotta yesterday denied reports that his club have started negotiations, saying: "It's normal to talk about players when it comes to Juventus. But we have not started negotiations to sign Tevez.
"We have a squad that meets our needs and we will evaluate week by week if we are lacking something. We are not the ones to discover Tevez. He is a great player and we are a great club so it's normal there is a link, but to say that we are negotiating is a different matter."
Corinthians appear to be more likely suitors, though they were unable to provide City with enough financial guarantees when bidding £40m this summer.
Corinthians president Andres Sanches has admitted the player "interests" the Brazilian club. If Tevez secures a £20m deal, he may conclude that he has had his way -- at the cost of six weeks' salary.
If a sale cannot be concluded, then City have a problem. Under employment law, a player cannot be repeatedly denied the chance of first-team football if he is capable of it and may sue a club for constructive dismissal.
The player, who may return again to Argentina now, is understood to be desperate to maintain a training regime. He knows his weight is a problem and his generally poor physical condition saw him dropped by Argentina national coach Alejandro Sabella from the squad for the recent internationals with Chile and Venezuela.
City's findings draw a line under the brief Eastlands career of a player they believed would reveal their threat to Manchester United, when they took over his contract for around £40m in July 2009, and who scored 43 goals in 65 games -- a far better return than for any of the five clubs he has represented in the past decade. But Tevez became discontented, despite a salary of £250,000 a week and his curious appointment as captain last season.
City have benefited from a change in the disciplinary regime, introduced after Leicester City's decision to sack Dennis Wise for breaking the jaw of Callum Davidson in 2002 was overturned on appeal. At that time, the only options open to clubs for severe breaches were a two-week fine or sacking, so the PFA helped introduce heftier fines of up to six weeks of pay for exceptional cases. (© Independent News Service)