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Tevez offered olive branch

2011-11-02 07:55

London - Manchester City outcast Carlos Tevez has been offered a way back into the Premier League club's plans by manager Roberto Mancini but only if he apologises for refusing to warm up in their Champions League match at Bayern Munich in late September.

British media quoted Mancini telling reporters at Valencia airport on Tuesday on the way to their Champions League game at Villarreal that the Argentina striker needed to say sorry for refusing to take instructions during their 2-0 away defeat.

"Sorry is a little word, an easy word," Wednesday's Guardian newspaper reported Mancini as saying. "Everything depends on Carlos. But I think these are easy words - very, very easy.

"If he apologises then everything will be like before. If not, then we look at (selling him in) January. This is what I've told him: all of us can make a mistake.

"The important thing is to apologise and then it's finished. And he can finish it. It is easy. These are crucial words. But these are easy words."

Mancini added this was the reason he had invited Tevez to his house after the Argentine's two-week suspension.

"But this was 20 days ago. It wasn't yesterday. I told Carlos 20 days ago to apologise, and he said no. I don't know his agent (Kia Joorabchian) but I think the people around Carlos are giving him bad advice."

Reflecting on his own career as a player, which involved some controversial moments, Mancini said: "Every time I made a mistake, I apologised, It's a very easy word to say."

Asked if Tevez, who has been fined two weeks' wages by the club, would play for City again if he said sorry, Mancini replied: "We'll see. He needs to do it first."

Reuters

Comments
  • Vincent - 2011-11-02 11:28

    Tevez had warmed up prior to being asked to warm up again. The investigations had found that Tevez's name did not appear on any form that is given to the fourth official before a substitution is made,not even a cancelled one.So why should Tevez apologise as it is evident that the manager had erred as well. There should be a mutual closing of this very sad situation.

      Cyrus - 2011-11-09 21:10

      Teves is a professional footballer. He is paid for what he does. If the manager tells u to warm up 10 time u get up and do it. I wonder if all the Tevez supporters would have a different view of the situation had it been a average bench warmer or unknown player.

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