Premier League - Taylor 'relieved' at Tevez apology

Wed, 22 Feb 18:13:00 2012

Players' chief Gordon Taylor says he is "relieved" that Carlos Tevez is finally patching up his relationship with Manchester City.

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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.

Manager Roberto Mancini said Tevez was "finished" at the club as a result and the dispute escalated when the player then flew to Argentina without permission on November 7.

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."

Reuters

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