League to rule on Tevez appeal

Tevez’s advisors lodged an appeal against the gross-misconduct

fine of approximately £1.2million with the Premier League on

Monday night.

It puts the Argentinian back into the same position he found

himself in late last year, when he also appealed against a similar

fine following his failure to warm-up during a Champions League

encounter with Bayern Munich.

On that occasion, Tevez managed to get the fine reduced to two

weeks’ wages, only to head back to Argentina a fortnight later,

since when he has not returned.

“The Premier League received correspondence from Carlos Tevez

last night giving notice of Mr Tevez’s intention to appeal against

a disciplinary sanction imposed on him by his club, Manchester

City,” the Premier League confirmed this afternoon.

“Premier League rules allow for players to appeal disciplinary

decisions under Section K and the Premier League Board will

consider this request at the earliest available opportunity.”

City imposed the fine on December 22, having tried – and failed

– to get the striker to report for duty. They had already stopped

paying the player’s wages, a move which it is estimated has so far

cost Tevez £1.9million.

Tevez subsequently appealed against the punishment but that was

thrown out on January 7 after a hearing involving two City

directors, Marty Edelman and Mohamed al-Mazrouei.

Unlike last time, when PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor stepped

in on Tevez’s behalf, in this instance City feel their case is

watertight.

With it appearing increasingly likely Tevez will still be a City

player after the end of today’s transfer deadline, his assimilation

back into Roberto Mancini’s squad does not look like being

straightforward.

There have been rumours of AC Milan attempting to resurrect a

deal for the player now Alexandre Pato has been ruled out for a

month with a thigh injury.

However, with just hours remaining and City sticking to their

demand of a £25million fee, even the bookmakers feel that is

unlikely to be completed, with Tevez now odds-on to still be a

member of the Blues’ squad by 11pm.