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'I never refused to play' says Tevez

CARLOS Tevez has refuted Roberto Mancini's claim that he refused to play for Manchester City against Bayern Munich last night.

Mancini reached the end of his tether during City's 2-0 Champions League defeat when he asked substitute Tevez to strip and reacted with fury when he refused.

“He is finished. He refused to go on. I can't accept this. He won't play with me again,” fumed Mancini.

“I don't want another situation like tonight, never. With me he is finished.

“In the next few days, I will speak with the chairman, Khaldoon al Mubarak.

“Do you think a player can do this at Bayern Munich, Milan or Manchester United? Never.”

But Tevez effectively accused Mancini of lying when he issued a statement this morning.

“I would like to apologise to the Manchester City supporters, with whom I have always had a strong relationship, for any misunderstanding that occurred in Munich,” said Tevez.

“I had warmed up and I was ready to play. This is not the right time to go into specific details as to why this did not happen but I wish to state I never refused to play.

“There was some confusion on the bench and I believe my position was misunderstood.”