Monday 19 March 2018

Countdown to controversy

6.40 Roberto Mancini names Carlos Tevez among the Manchester City substitutes.

7.45 Kick-off.

8.23 Bayern Munich take the lead through Mario Gomez.

8.30Bayern add a second.

8.57Edin Dzeko (R) is replaced by Nigel de Jong, resulting in the striker refusing to shake hands with Mancini and throwing his boots and tracksuit to the floor.

9.0Reports reveal a row has erupted on the City bench, with Tevez refusing to warm up after being asked by Mancini.

9.09 Defender and fellow Argentinian Pablo Zabaleta gets involved in the exchange and has to be calmed down by City first team coach David Platt.

9.18 Mancini makes another strange change, defender Aleksandar Kolarov replacing midfielder Gareth Barry.

9.34 Full-time, City lose 2-0.

9.53 Mancini confirms Tevez refused to come off the bench.

9.57 "I wanted to put Carlos Tevez on the pitch," the Italian tells television reporters. "He refused to go on the pitch. For me it is a bad situation."

10.09 Mancini further elaborates on Tevez' refusal: "He's finished with me, with me he's finished."

10.12 Mancini's (R) final thoughts: "Can you imagine a Bayern Munich, Milan or Manchester United player doing this?"

Yesterday morning Tevez issues statement claiming he did not refuse to play.

Irish Independent

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