| 8.5°C Dublin

City livid as PFA stand by Tevez

MAN City are furious with Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor and bemused by his union after it claimed there was "no justification" to fine Carlos Tevez four weeks' wages.

The union says City failed to prove that the Argentine refused to play during the Champions League defeat against Bayern Munich.

Having been confident that the PFA would back their stance on Tevez after regular discussions with the organisation, City now believe that the union has backtracked.

City feel Taylor has been compromised by a conflict of interest after representing Tevez on the PFA's behalf during disciplinary hearings before sanctioning the union's statement on him, which was released last night.

Tevez (pictured), who was found guilty of five separate breaches of contract earlier this week, can now be fined no more than £396,000 following the PFA's refusal to sanction a punishment beyond the usual maximum of two weeks' wages.

In exceptional circumstances, clubs can appeal for the PFA to ratify a fine of up to six weeks' wages, but after Taylor studied the evidence amassed by City, the union has blocked the punishment imposed on Tevez.

A statement said: "The PFA's opinion, based on all the evidence presented, is that Carlos Tevez never refused to play for the club.

"As such, the PFA considers that there is no justification for a fine other than up to the sanction of two weeks' wages."

Meanwhile, Kolo Toure is to face an internal disciplinary panel, with City attempting to determine whether to fine him as punishment for his six-month suspension for a failed drug test.