Man City: Carlos Tevez refusing to come on sparked furious reaction from Roberto Mancini


Remember the time Carlos Tevez refused to play for Manchester City?

It’s one of those moments that you look back on and think ‘did that actually happen?’

It did, and it sparked an intense row between player and club that led to the Argentinian failing to report to training.

What a crazy time.

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The saga began on September 27, 2011, when Roberto Mancini’s City travelled to Germany to take on Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

City were 2-0 down at half-time and Mancini wanted to bring Tevez on from the bench in the hopes of getting back into the match.

However, the striker refused to leave his seat when asked to warm up, sparking heated discussions on the bench.


Mancini was furious with Tevez

Things turned ugly pretty quickly afterwards. 

In his post-match interview, Mancini’s feelings towards Tevez were very clear.

“He refused to go in, he refused to come onto the pitch. For me it’s a bad situation because it is impossible for a player to refuse to play and help the team,” the City boss told Sky Sports.

“He was disappointed that he didn’t play but we play with 11 players. To do that is just impossible.

“Tonight, in this game, we had a problem. Before we never had a problem – we started the season very well – all the players played but I can’t accept that one player refuses to go in.

“I cannot accept this.”

‘He’s finished’

Then in his post-match press conference, the Italian coach claimed Tevez would never play for him again.

“If one player earns a lot of money playing for Manchester City in the Champions League, as is Diego, for me, he can’t play,” Mancini said.

“He can never play. If we want to improve like a team, like a squad, Carlos can’t play with us. With me, no. He’s finished.”

At the time, Tevez said he didn’t feel right to play. 

“I was top goalscorer here last season, I always act professionally so it is up to him,” the forward said, per The Guardian.

Mancini, however, doubled down on his comments that Tevez was finished at City.

“This can never happen at a top club that one player can refuse to help his teammates in an important match like tonight,” he said.

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“In the next day I’m 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.”


What happened next?

Tevez claimed it was a misunderstanding and that he only refused to warm up, but City suspended him for two weeks and began an investigation.

Upon his return, the striker was made to train alone and was kept out of the squad.

City found him guilty of five breaches of his contract and fined him, with Mancini going back on his word that Tevez was finished. If he apologised for the events in Munich, Mancini said, Tevez could return to the squad.

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So what did Tevez do? Fail to report to training and go on an unpermitted trip to Argentina. Because of course.

But the saga came to an end in February 2014 when Tevez returned to City and apologised for his conduct.

The fact that Tevez ended the season by hoisting the Premier League trophy alongside Mancini is, perhaps, the perfect conclusion to this wild event.


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