The Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) intervened in the conflict between Carloz Tevez and his club, Manchester City. As you probably know, Manchester City wanted to fine the Argentine professional footballer £1 million, which constitutes his four weeks’ salary for refusing to warm up during the 2-0 away loss to Bayern Munich.
After that incident, Man City manager Roberto Mancini said that Tevez would no longer play with the side, telling the press that the footballer refused to go on in the second half. The Argentine denied the allegations, saying that he refused to warm up and not to come on as a substitute because he had warmed up before that.
Man City were furious, but Carlos Tevez got unexpected backing from the PFA that decided that the Manchester-based Premier League club should not have fined Tevez £1million and reduced his fine. After carefully studying all the evidence presented by the club and the player, the PFA concluded that Carlos did not refuse to play and that there is no sort of reason for a fine bigger than two weeks’ wages.
Still, according to reports, Tevez will still have to pay about £800,000 as the club’s lawyers found that he committed five breaches of his contract.
However, the club’s administration was disappointed with the decision of the PFA and said that there was a fundamental conflict of interest between the players’ union and the disciplinary procedure. Though the club did not want to let Tevez go in the summer transfer window when he asked for a transfer, they will probably sell Tevez in January.