You have to give it to Carlos Tevez, he is nothing if not stubborn. After (allegedly) refusing to play against Bayern Munich, the striker is now reportedly demanding an apology from manager Roberto Mancini in the face of what appears to be overwhelming evidence against him in his disciplinary hearing.
After Manchester City announced on Wednesday that Tevez would face disciplinary proceedings for breach of contract,
Thursday's papers detail a stepping up in hostilities in this particular
Cold War. So cold in fact it now looks likely to run all the way to
According to The Guardian, City have accumulated a dossier of evidence that they believes proves Tevez did indeed refuse to come on as a substitute on that fateful evening in Munich.
Indeed, City have already found him guilty in their initial investigations into the Argentina international's behaviour, despite Tevez claiming there was a misunderstanding and that he had only refused to warm up having already done so.
According to the paper, City "are trying to convene a disciplinary hearing before the weekend on the grounds that Tevez has 'a case to answer of alleged breaches of contract'.
"The striker will be informed at that meeting that not one of the players or coaches who have been interviewed as part of City's internal investigation has substantiated his claims about what happened in the Allianz Arena two weeks ago.
"On the contrary, every single statement has supported Mancini's case that the striker refused to go on as a second-half substitute, with City losing 2-0."
An open and shut case you might think. But not only is the striker fighting the case, as he is well within his rights to do, he is remarkably now demanding an apology from Mancini for making the accusations in the first place.
His manager is of course refusing to comply with this somewhat deluded demand, meaning City are presented with something of a legal stalemate until both sides' lawyers can find a resolution to the row which is proving an almightily inconvenient distraction to a club hoping to challenge for the title this season.
Certainly City are confident of their own position having reportedly already given advance notice to the Professional Footballers' Association that they intend to take the strongest possible action against their most highly-paid player.
A further four-week suspension is possible. Oh, and the small matter of a six-week fine which on Tevez's inflated salary would amount to around £1.5 million - the largest ever handed to a professional footballer in England.
It is said Tevez will immediately appeal any such punishment, and to the Premier League itself if he has to, which means there will be no mercifully brief end to a legal battle that would be a decent plot line for a John Grisham novel. 'The Striker', perhaps?
What is certain is that despite all this nonsense, Tevez will now return to training on Thursday having served his initial suspension. ED imagines there may be a few awkward exchanges at Carrington as he skulks over his locker.
Apparently, though, Tevez will be told to train with the kids and reserves as he gets exiled from the first-team picture. At least Wayne Bridge will have a buddy now though, eh?
As he is sent through his paces next to City's non-playing left-back, Early Doors wonders if Tevez will recognise that this ongoing dispute is of his own making, or whether blame will be sought in other places, as it has been consistently during his time at Manchester City, from Mancini to 'inept' interpreters.
He does at least have the support of his former West Ham team-mate and comrade in contractual complication, Javier Mascherano.
"Carlitos has done so much for Man City that I think it is so ugly what they are doing to him now," the Barcelona midfielder told The Sun. "I can't believe what is going on.
"Everyone attacks him even when he can't defend himself. It's so unfair.
"But England is a complicated place, because when something like this happens, everyone attacks you."
Poor, misunderstood Carlos. Everyone is conspiring against him. Now if only Mancini will give him that richly-deserved apology...
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