Friday 15 December 2017

Rebel footballer Tevez set to sue boss Mancini for defamation

Jason Burt

MANCHESTER City Roberto Mancini could be sued by Carlos Tévez for defamation after the Manchester City manager accused him of refusing to play in the Champions League match away to Bayern Munich.

The development raises the extraordinary and unprecedented prospect of both men — and other players and officials at the club — having to go to the High Court to give evidence. It is, potentially, a case that could cost millions of pounds to settle given the value of the player and the damage, also, that Tévez feels has been done to his reputation and career by Mancini’s allegations.

The 27-year-old striker is adamant that his only offence was a refusal to warm up again, having already done so during the second half of the match, and it’s believed that he considers the findings of City’s disciplinary hearing against him, published on Tuesday night, help vindicate his stance. If Tévez takes legal action, it will be against Mancini rather than City.

Tévez will appeal the decision, in any case, and is determined that the issue is dealt with by an independent Premier League tribunal. If he carries through his threat of legal action it could mean that the case is not fully resolved until deep into next year.

It is understood that despite being fined four weeks’ wages by the City-convened tribunal yesterday after being found guilty of five counts of misconduct over what happened in Munich, Tévez believes that the body’s findings actually support his case against Mancini.

This is partly because of the apparent failure to fully back Mancini’s allegation on the night — in his press conference and also to television cameras — that Tévez refused to come on as a substitute. It may be argued by City that it is a case of semantics — separating out a refusal to play from a refusal to warm up — but Tévez is adamant there is a difference especially on a confused and heated evening on the City substitutes bench.

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