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What Ailed Carlos Tevez?

What Ailed Carlos Tevez?

When Carlos Tevez famously had his spat with Mancini during the crucial Champions League fixture with Bayern Munich last year, the press and people outside the club, only saw an arrogant, selfish, mercenary individual who by his behaviour cost his team-mates and manager dear. There was an internal investigation and Tevez went on a 'reported` un-sanctioned long break. But what of the causes of this behaviour and the way Tevez has been greeted back by his team-mates with open arms.

There has been no reporting of what Tevez did in Argentina other than play golf and no deal made of how accepting his team mates have been welcoming him back into the fold. No examination of what caused City`s Captain and former player of the year to behave as he did and no study of the causes of his other erratic behaviour.

In a sport where athletes train to the peak of their abilities and where support to help them achieve this is paramount, there is no support offered to players to help with mental issues as there are with the physical. Yet in a high pressure and testosterone riddled environment, where many subjects are taboo, emotional and cognitive support is almost non-existent.

In only the last 24 months, two famous names from Football in Gary Speed and Thomas Enke have taken their own lives whilst reportedly suffering from depression and I purport that it is a distinct possibility that Tevez has also suffered from this illness too. He has struggled with yo-yoing weight, his behaviour has been at times erratic and he grew up in a tough neighbourhood where showing signs of weakness was simply not done.

City allowed Tevez a leave of absence, I believe to recuperate and get his mind set back to how it should be. The fact that a very emotional Mancini has welcomed back a player he said would never play for him again gives us a clue. The fact that the club has made no mention of its stance on the player and merely taken him back after he felt right to play. Irrespective of the red top reporting of this incident which seems to be ingrained with an anti-City slant, I believe Tevez should be applauded.

Our first true superstar of the new era was clearly suffering even before his Munich spat and did not seem able to gain satisfaction wherever he was, another sign of depression. Yet, despite the fan repercussions he could have faced, the break in Argentina seems to have made him stronger and more determined. He came back to the club and faced the music. He came back and showed willing to make up for his failings demonstrating bravery and for the first time in his career a willingness to work for the team as demonstrated by his performances in recent weeks.

I hope football learns from its mistakes and whilst racism and bigotry is being stamped out of the game, players need to be given the same level of emotional support as they do physical without having to ask. Whether Tevez was indeed suffering from depression as I purport or not, I believe careers could be lengthened and many lives made more positive within the game if this were the case.

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Date:Sunday April 29 2012
Time: 3:45PM


Have to say I've often wondered about this myself. Tevez has made much of his desire to be with his family throughout the past two seasons, it might not be a coincidence that now he's back with his wife and children that things have all settled down. I'm still nowhere near forgiving him for his actions yet, but I am starting to soften my stance a bit. I sususpect the real villain of the piece is as usual kia Joorabchian though, and Tevez was possibly not getting the best of advice from his "advisor". Whatever happens, he's wearing Blue for the next couple of games at least, so he has my (slightly grudging) support.
29/04/2012 15:55:00
I personally think it's a big problem in the game. I studied psychology at university and you can see a lot of players displaying clearly depressive behaviour.
29/04/2012 16:06:00
I think that to mostly blame one person for all this may take away from bluerichy's article, whether that be Joorabchian or anyone else. I believe the situation was hopelessly mismanaged by all parties; Tevez, Joorabchian, Mancini, MCFC and probably a whole host of others. The only ones who did benefit were our rivals and the gutter press. Lessons to be learned methinks.
29/04/2012 21:18:00
Sorry Bluerichy - "I believe that Tevez is to be applauded." This is a bit too much mate. You don't think Kia just fancied moving him on to Milan for a quick buck? Understanding the root causes of problems is the right way to go, but you've taken a few wrong turns here with your conclusion. The Tevez is "misunderstood" bull is exactly that. You don't need to convince people he has as illness just to justify cheering him on in a City shirt.
29/04/2012 21:52:00
All i care about is that the entire un***d team is displaying depressive behaviour on Tuesday.
29/04/2012 22:21:00
Does anyone know the extent of psychological and emotional support provided by premiership clubs? Given the extent of mental 'injuries', I would be surprised if clubs hadn't picked up on this. Whilst it may or may not be true that Tevez is/was suffering from depression, it didn't half look as if he and his advisor were just trying for another big pay day!
29/04/2012 22:22:00
I think City have someone who looks after that side but not 100% sure on that, but the PFA do have people in a position for advice. Tevez himself was badly advised and probably told as well that if he went Clubs would be queueing down the street for his signature or that City just to get rid would make it a small fee or a release, which it did not materialise and Tevez thought that he needed to come back kiss and make up.
Buzz Lightyear
30/04/2012 15:27:00
I still think you lot should ship him off elsewhere to cause problems for other clubs - hes a nightmare for any club manager...
30/04/2012 22:13:00
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