Tevez in hot water after fleeing City
Published 10/11/2011 | 05:00
Carlos TEvez has made himself "very vulnerable" to serious disciplinary action by Manchester City, according to Gordon Taylor, the chief executive of the Professional Footballers' Association, and may have committed gross misconduct by defying the club and returning to Argentina.
Tevez, who attempted and failed to contact City manager Roberto Mancini by telephone on Monday before boarding a flight to Buenos Aires against the club's instruction, is facing a fine of two weeks' wages after failing to report for training yesterday.
City last night contacted Tevez in Buenos Aires by email asking for the player to reply by tomorrow with an explanation for his absence.
He will then be expected to meet club officials on Monday at Carrington, where he could be fined three weeks' wages, approximately £594,000.
Although it is unlikely Tevez will be sacked, if the situation deteriorates further, no option can be ruled out. While Tevez is understood to believe that he was entitled to a week off, the club insist he was told on Monday that, while Tuesday was a day off, he would be expected to train yesterday.
Tevez's unauthorised trip to Argentina came on the same day he informed City that he had accepted a fine of two weeks' wages for committing five breaches of contract while a substitute against Bayern Munich on September 27. (© Daily Telegraph, London)