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Tevez: I Didn't Feel Right To Play, So I Didn't



A hastily written attempt at saving face on behalf of Carlos Tevez is doing the rounds across the newswires. Lest we forget what he said in Munich last night...

In the bench video footage below you can see the attempt of Aleks Kolarov to urge Tevez on and how visibly upset Pablo Zabaleta is.



VMC's SOME MIGHT SAY: STAND BY MANCIO

City manager Roberto Mancini is massively respected throughout world football, yet his authority has been appallingly, openly challenged on the biggest club stage...

The man who fused a squad inside 17 months to win the FA Cup and direct qualification to The Champions League deserved far better than the petulant, expletive strewn invective he copped for from Edin Dzeko and the unprecedented absolute disgrace of Carlos Tevez's grotesque on bench strike in Munich. A poison is threatening to spill out into the City dressing room.

The extra security that greeted City's aeroplane at Manchester Airport early this morning should leave nobody in any doubt as to how furious City's supporters are with Tevez. Reknowned as a hardliner, Mancini's man management has been tested to the limit by a number of Mark Hughes' signings who he has strived to weed out and his own in Mario Baloteli.

But nobody could have predicted that on a night when Mancio took City to face one of world football's genuine superpowers that he would face the camera's smouldering with anger.

It's nailed on that Mancini can be guaranteed unwavering support from City's supporters.

Roberto Mancini:

'If we want to improve like a team, like a squad, Carlos cannot play with us. With me, no - it is finished. It may not be my decision but if I am deciding then, yes, he goes. For me, if a player earns a lot of money playing for Manchester City in the Champions League and he behaves like this - he cannot play again. Never. He has wanted to leave for the last two years. For two years I have helped him, and now he has refused to play. Never again.

'In the next day I am sure I will speak with Khaldoon al-Mubarak because he is the chairman and he will decide everything but let me ask a question: Do you think at Bayern Munich a player would ever behave like this. At Milan? At Manchester United? No. That is the answer. It is the same for everyone.

'Dzeko played a bad game, a poor game. Next time, maybe if he plays better he can stay on the pitch. He needs to improve his behaviour. I should be unhappy with his performance - not Edin. This is the last time that one of our players leaves the pitch and shakes his head. I can understand why a player is disappointed but I am furious with Dzeko and he will sit the next game next to me. This is the last time he has this behaviour.'


Jupp Heynckes:

'You could see in the opening 25 minutes how difficult it was for us. We scored at just the right time. The whole team played completely flawlessly in the second half, and Ribéry and Schweinsteiger were simply world class tonight. We played against an outstanding team, but we dominated them in the second half. Altogether, it was a very cohesive performance by the team.'

Carlos Tevez:

At The Stadium:

'I didn't feel right to play, so I didn't. I was top goalscorer here last season, I always act professionally so it is up to him.'

Via His Agent Today:

'I would like to apologise to all Manchester City fans, with whom I have always had a strong relationship, for any misunderstanding that occurred in Munich.

'They understand that when I am on the pitch I have always given my best for the club. In Munich on Tuesday I had warmed up and was ready to play. This is not the right time to get into specific details as to why this did not happen. But I wish to state that I never refused to play.

'There was some confusion on the bench and I believe my position may have been misunderstood.

'Going forward I am ready to play when required and to fulfil my obligations.'


IN THE VMC FORUM:

Kennyclementstache:

'Losing to what at present is probably the 4th best team in the World is not exactly a disgrace. And if we'd not conceded on the stroke of half time then who knows. Having said that we weren't as good as we could have been.'

Hosko:

'Big stuff from Mancini today. He is the leader of the club and is acting accordingly...We have trophies to win this year and he is done messing around, I am behind you sir 200%. '

fifthcolumnblue:

'If Tevez has refused to play in a match I'm sure our legal people can find a way of terminating his contract with immediate effect. Don't know if it's ever happened before, but an employee who refuses to carry out the duties for which he is amply paid is in breach of contract, no?'

Skoorb:

'I think Tevez has managed to get his wish but we hold his registration and we should make sure he sits on a beach somewhere eating as many doughnuts as we can get into him over the next few months so that he's SO unfit he'll get out of breath tying his laces.'

Bama Engineer:

'..I'm just suspicious of his post game reply, it sounded like a pre planned response. He's too daft to think on his feet.'

VMC citytv video link: Mancio Post Match Reaction

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday September 28 2011

Time: 9:30AM

Your Comments

I would comment on this article, but to be honest, I dont feel in the right frame of mind to do so...
oxfordspur
You can stick your apology up your arse Carlos you lying little toad. You're a disgrace to the game.
Bluedub
You can stick your apology up your arse Carlos you lying little toad. You're a disgrace to the game.
Bluedub
I would comment on this article, but to be honest, I dont feel in the right frame of mind to do so...
oxfordspur
he can't deny his remarks about refusing to play - he said it, it's on record, and and those words are hopefully the nails in the coffin of his City (and possibly footballing career). Just seen the sports presenter on the BBC suggesting that his statement this morning appeared scripted. Go figure.
fifthcolumnblue
he can't deny his remarks about refusing to play - he said it, it's on record, and and those words are hopefully the nails in the coffin of his City (and possibly footballing career). Just seen the sports presenter on the BBC suggesting that his statement this morning appeared scripted. Go figure.
fifthcolumnblue
Not much "misunderstanding" in that shoulder shrug to Kolarov in that video is there?
Johnny Baguette
Not much "misunderstanding" in that shoulder shrug to Kolarov in that video is there?
Johnny Baguette
ESPNsoccernet contacted Tevez's representative Kia Joorabchian by text in the wake of the incident to ask if there was an explanation for the forward's refusal to play, but Joorabchian simply replied: "He didn't!"
Johnny Baguette
ESPNsoccernet contacted Tevez's representative Kia Joorabchian by text in the wake of the incident to ask if there was an explanation for the forward's refusal to play, but Joorabchian simply replied: "He didn't!"
Johnny Baguette
FOOTBALLER ROCKS WORLD BY ACTING LIKE CHILD SHOCKER- In other news worlds economy fecked.
lordjohnny
FOOTBALLER ROCKS WORLD BY ACTING LIKE CHILD SHOCKER- In other news worlds economy fecked.
lordjohnny
If I could just turn now to fifthcolumnblue. There has been a brief rally across the markets following Angela Merkel's intervention but can any improvement in confidence be sustained?
Johnny Baguette
If I could just turn now to fifthcolumnblue. There has been a brief rally across the markets following Angela Merkel's intervention but can any improvement in confidence be sustained?
Johnny Baguette
A tad more than just acting like a child LordJohnny, he has done that numerous times before and it's water off a duck's back. A player refusing to play is a disgrace to the game of football which we are discussing here. I'm sure there's other forums out there in planet interweb to discuss the World's economy if that's what floats your boat.
Bluedub
A tad more than just acting like a child LordJohnny, he has done that numerous times before and it's water off a duck's back. A player refusing to play is a disgrace to the game of football which we are discussing here. I'm sure there's other forums out there in planet interweb to discuss the World's economy if that's what floats your boat.
Bluedub
A little perspective please. So-called elite football is in the gutter, and it amazes me that everybody is getting so het up about Tevez. Of course he's an a***hole, so why the big surprise? Ohh, he's crossed the line this time! Wow!. Now let's see, we can have all sort of murky goings on in football, and there has been plenty of that lately, with court cases pending, recent documentaries making allegations of potential breaching of rules involving dubious Far Eastern businessmen, who appear to be very pally with Sirralex, Bryan Robson et al, Panorama exposees citing Sam Allardyce, for which he threatened but never sued, footballers using drugs etc etc. Not that we hear any of this from the written press, who are all part of the cosy coterie of obsequious followers of these people, too much part of the gravy train, and too scared to ask questions. A PFA that can put Lowrys on the wall, while small clubs struggle to survive. And all the while cash rich clubs continue to rip off the mugs who bankroll the whole stinking edifice, with their hard earned. Yet the world is shaken on its axis by a truculent git merely reverting to type.
lordjohnny
A little perspective please. So-called elite football is in the gutter, and it amazes me that everybody is getting so het up about Tevez. Of course he's an a***hole, so why the big surprise? Ohh, he's crossed the line this time! Wow!. Now let's see, we can have all sort of murky goings on in football, and there has been plenty of that lately, with court cases pending, recent documentaries making allegations of potential breaching of rules involving dubious Far Eastern businessmen, who appear to be very pally with Sirralex, Bryan Robson et al, Panorama exposees citing Sam Allardyce, for which he threatened but never sued, footballers using drugs etc etc. Not that we hear any of this from the written press, who are all part of the cosy coterie of obsequious followers of these people, too much part of the gravy train, and too scared to ask questions. A PFA that can put Lowrys on the wall, while small clubs struggle to survive. And all the while cash rich clubs continue to rip off the mugs who bankroll the whole stinking edifice, with their hard earned. Yet the world is shaken on its axis by a truculent git merely reverting to type.
lordjohnny
You have a point LJ, but as City fans we don't really care what the world thinks, nor what this particular incident has to do with the state of football in general at the moment. It might be symptomatic of a more general malaise, but right now all we are doing is expressing our outrage as loyal supporters of Manchester City, that someone we ultimately pay to do a job for us could show us such disrespect. Your perspective is one of an outsider, ours is most definitely not.
fifthcolumnblue
You have a point LJ, but as City fans we don't really care what the world thinks, nor what this particular incident has to do with the state of football in general at the moment. It might be symptomatic of a more general malaise, but right now all we are doing is expressing our outrage as loyal supporters of Manchester City, that someone we ultimately pay to do a job for us could show us such disrespect. Your perspective is one of an outsider, ours is most definitely not.
fifthcolumnblue
Chill out mate, you're overreacting just a tad. If you're that bothered by it why are you posting about it on a football forum? Would you not be better served writing to your local MP/Council? or something to that effect?
Bluedub
Chill out mate, you're overreacting just a tad. If you're that bothered by it why are you posting about it on a football forum? Would you not be better served writing to your local MP/Council? or something to that effect?
Bluedub
He doesn't care, none of them do. I don't care what club it is, but if you pay to watch these t*ssers, buy the shirt, subscribe to Sky, then you have more money than sense. Loyalty in football is now a one-way street, and expecting some sort of quid pro quo is verging on the delusional. I love the game, but more and more I hate the participants.
lordjohnny
He doesn't care, none of them do. I don't care what club it is, but if you pay to watch these t*ssers, buy the shirt, subscribe to Sky, then you have more money than sense. Loyalty in football is now a one-way street, and expecting some sort of quid pro quo is verging on the delusional. I love the game, but more and more I hate the participants.
lordjohnny
Yeah, you're right Bluedub, I'll get on to the Dave Sparts down the council, and send an angry letter to my MP, Sir Gerald Fingersinthetill.
lordjohnny
Yeah, you're right Bluedub, I'll get on to the Dave Sparts down the council, and send an angry letter to my MP, Sir Gerald Fingersinthetill.
lordjohnny
Feel sorry for all the fans who travelled out to Munich. Perhaps he could reimburse them their flight and game tickets. Also, as has been mentioned, if he's not going to play with the team why should he travel with them. Pampered again . . .
kennyclementstache
Feel sorry for all the fans who travelled out to Munich. Perhaps he could reimburse them their flight and game tickets. Also, as has been mentioned, if he's not going to play with the team why should he travel with them. Pampered again . . .
kennyclementstache
Arch rag hack Harry Harris at ESPN is now quoting "a source close to the incident" after having admitted he texted Joorabchian last night. Wasn't sure whether they'd use ESPN or Talksport to get their backtracking in.
Johnny Baguette
Arch rag hack Harry Harris at ESPN is now quoting "a source close to the incident" after having admitted he texted Joorabchian last night. Wasn't sure whether they'd use ESPN or Talksport to get their backtracking in.
Johnny Baguette
I think he knows that he isn't the star of the team anymore and there are others who are taking all the credit and he doesn't like it. I mean the past two years it's been all about carlos tevez, let him rot on the bench, no excuse for what he did and it tarnishes City's reputation aswell, time for Mancini to show everyone City are a big team because like he said if Tevez did that at Utd, Chelsea, Lpool or any top team in the world he would never play in this modern world.
P.Avfc
I think he knows that he isn't the star of the team anymore and there are others who are taking all the credit and he doesn't like it. I mean the past two years it's been all about carlos tevez, let him rot on the bench, no excuse for what he did and it tarnishes City's reputation aswell, time for Mancini to show everyone City are a big team because like he said if Tevez did that at Utd, Chelsea, Lpool or any top team in the world he would never play in this modern world.
P.Avfc
City are the only club that can actually afford to let the little rat rot in the reserves, train with the kids and get fat. yes he will be an even richer man at the end of it but his career would be destroyed so I really do hope that is what City do. Was the reason he refused to play so he wasnt cup tied and ready for his next "dream move" in January?
Iggspur
City are the only club that can actually afford to let the little rat rot in the reserves, train with the kids and get fat. yes he will be an even richer man at the end of it but his career would be destroyed so I really do hope that is what City do. Was the reason he refused to play so he wasnt cup tied and ready for his next "dream move" in January?
Iggspur
i really hope the rumor about zabaleta smacking him in the tunnel after the game is true
redwhiteandbluemoon
i really hope the rumor about zabaleta smacking him in the tunnel after the game is true
redwhiteandbluemoon
Alas Iggspur, that was my initial suspicion, but he came on as a sub against Napoli so is already cup tied. Pity, as it makes the little turd even less saleable.
fifthcolumnblue
Alas Iggspur, that was my initial suspicion, but he came on as a sub against Napoli so is already cup tied. Pity, as it makes the little turd even less saleable.
fifthcolumnblue
 

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