Premier League - Taylor 'relieved' at Tevez apology
Players' chief Gordon Taylor says he is "relieved" that Carlos Tevez is finally patching up his relationship with Manchester City.
The Argentine striker said in a statement released by City on Tuesday night that he was "sincerely and unreservedly" sorry for his actions in taking an unauthorised three-month leave of absence from the club. The Argentine also withdrew his appeal against a fine of six weeks' wages.
Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Taylor is thankful a reconciliation now appears possible and told Sky Sports News: "I'm very glad, having dealt with him and represented him."
He added: "Sorry has been said; sometimes it's the hardest word.
"Sometimes if you can grasp that nettle early on it makes like so much better for all parties, that's what we're about in football: respect."
Tevez has not played for City since he was accused of refusing to warm up during the Champions League defeat at Bayern Munich on September 27.
Taylor said: "I hate seeing such top quality players in trouble with their clubs and in trouble with the game.
"This has gone on for too long and it's a real positive step for football, for Carlos Tevez and Manchester City."