Tevez tried to contact Mancini

BY foxsports • November 10, 2011

Tevez travelled to his native country on Monday night to see his family, and while Tuesday was a scheduled day off for the 27-year-old, he was due at City's Carrington training ground on Wednesday morning - but did not show up. The club have stressed that it had been made clear to Tevez that he would be required to come in, but it seems the striker believes he made every effort to seek permission for his journey home. A spokesman said: "He tried countless times to speak to Roberto Mancini. "He was told it was Mancini's decision as to whether or not he could go and left numerous voice messages and texts on Mancini's phone. "He didn't receive a response at all. He then flew to Argentina and tried to speak to Mancini again yesterday, leaving messages and texts. "As of this moment we've had no response." The spokesman was not prepared to comment on when Tevez is likely to return from South America, and City are not yet able to say what punishment the player may face. Today's news comes just 24 hours after it emerged that Tevez would not be appealing against the club's ruling that he was guilty of misconduct in the Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich on September 27. City last month fined Tevez four weeks' wages and suspended him for two weeks - deemed to have already been served - after a disciplinary panel found the former Manchester United man guilty of five breaches of contract relating to his behaviour on the bench during the 2-0 loss at the Allianz Arena. The Professional Footballers' Association become involved, making an intervention that saw the fine cut to two weeks' wages, and having backed Tevez on that occasion, PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor has today expressed his dismay at the fresh turn of events. "To say the least, I am very disappointed and extremely concerned now," Taylor told Sky Sports News. "To go out to Argentina when - as I have been informed - he was clearly told not to because they (City) needed to work on his fitness, and to blatantly ignore that instruction starts to affect any chance of any reconciliation now. "The whole relationship between clubs and players is one where there has to be clear understanding of what is to be expected and what is not expected. "From that point of view, he is making it virtually impossible to have a reconciliation and leaving himself very vulnerable to strong action by the club. "If he is determined to leave the club, which may well be apparent, then his money value is being diminished by his actions and can affect another club's interest. "As such, he could be held responsible for that, so it is getting to be a situation that I am not at all happy about. "Neither are the club of course, and it is one that we will have to deal with." Tevez was accused by Mancini of refusing to come on as a substitute during the second half of match in Munich, but the player denied the allegation and blamed a misunderstanding, insisting he had merely refused to warm up - something he thought unnecessary as he had already done so. He was suspended for two weeks then began training alone while the matter was investigated, and on October 25 City announced they were upholding a charge of misconduct against him based on the panel's findings. The PFA fought Tevez's corner to get the resulting sanctions reduced, but Taylor is uncertain what now lies in store for the former City captain. "I have been accused at times of defending the indefensible," Taylor said. "It is very difficult to now be in a situation where we put our heads on the block. "I do feel very disappointed to say the least that when I was hoping things could move on, it has gone into reverse and now he is left in a position that becomes very vulnerable. "The lad is digging himself a hole and it is going deeper. It is a worry to me how we can now get out of this. "He is a human being and a top-quality footballer, but his actions are not what we could possibly recommend to any other player in the game. "It goes to the heart of the contract and that could be gross misconduct in anybody's language. "I don't want to predetermine, but I am very concerned because it is a serious situation and one that the PFA are not happy about." Tevez's future with City remains unclear, although Mancini did recently suggest the frontman - who was the club's top scorer and skipper last term as they won the FA Cup, but has fallen out of favour since his failed attempt to secure a transfer over the summer - could yet return to the team if he apologises. Tevez has only made five appearances for City this season, with the last coming on September 21, and he has not been selected by Argentina for their World Cup qualifying double header against Bolivia and Colombia during the current international break.


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