Mancini treated me 'like a dog'

2012-02-14 10:11

London - Carlos Tevez headed back to England accusing Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini of treating him "like a dog" in the incident that led to his exile from the Premier League leaders.

The Argentina striker said on Monday that an angry Mancini swore at him during the Champions League defeat at Bayern Munich in September, where the forward's refusal to warm-up incensed his Italian boss.

Tevez hasn't played for City since that September 27 match in Germany but is due to return to Eastlands on Tuesday in a bid to revive a career that has effectively been suspended for more than three months.

Mancini has indicated his willingness to make peace with Tevez if the player apologises to him.

But Tevez was more interested in giving his version of events about the flare-up in Munich than saying sorry to his manager during a Fox Sports interview broadcast in translation on Britain's Sky Sports News on Monday.

"I was kind of in a bad mood and when he brings on (Nigel) de Jong and takes off (Edin) Dzeko and we're losing 2-0 I thought it was a defensive substitution so I decided to sit back on the bench," Tevez said.

"I had already warmed up for 10 minutes and he has this attitude that he wants to lose 2-0 instead of 4-0.

"So I sat down and at the same time Dzeko comes off and is really angry and has a go at Mancini. He then sees the tunnel is closed so he has to sit down next to him and they start to have an argument.

"Dzeko was speaking Bosnian and Mancini would swear at him in Italian so it was a real mess.

"So I go and sit down and he doesn't see me because he's having this discussion. But then he turns around and sees me and you can imagine what happens.

"He's in the middle of an argument so then he tells me to keep on warming up and treats me like a dog.

"So when he spoke to me in that tone of voice, and I said 'No, I'm not going out'. So I was willing to play, but the coach was in such a foul mood because he had that argument with Dzeko.

"He started on me as well, started swearing at me, that was him, because I was very calm...Mancini said some horrible things to me."

Prior to last month's transfer window there was speculation Tevez, who returned to Argentina after his bust-up with Mancini, would be sold by City.

However, despite interest from Inter Milan, AC Milan and Paris St Germain, no deal was done and he remained on the books at Eastlands.

Tevez proved a hit with City's fans soon after joining the club from local rivals Manchester United in 2009 but they turned on their one-time favourite after his spat with Mancini.

But Tevez said their reaction was understandable as the supporters did not know the full story.

"I believe they were misinformed, they weren't told the facts.

"So that when they were told I didn't want to play they naturally turned against me.

"When I saw them burning my shirt with my name on it or hurling insults at me it really hurt. I gave everything to that club and what I love above all is to play football."

Meanwhile Tevez's representative, Kia Joorabchian, when asked on Sky if the player will apologise to Mancini, said: "This is between Mancini and Carlos."

Mancini, speaking after City's 1-0 win away to Aston Villa on Sunday, said of Tevez: "Would I like him to apologise? This is normal I think. And after, Carlos can train and Carlos can play if his condition is good."


  • Warrick - 2012-02-14 10:33

    cant believe he hasnt left city yet... i dont see this problem being resolved, it tevez's word against mancini's and they both seem too arrogant to admit they were wrong and apologize... its actually quite sad, what a waste of talent!

  • Raeez - 2012-02-14 10:57

    We'll he certainly looks like Spoilt brat, always throwing Patrice Evra

      jowza1 - 2012-02-14 11:30

      you must be a looserpool supporter

      Lu - 2012-02-14 11:49

      Raeez I think comparing Patrice Evra to Tevez is pure on hatred of Man Utd. I mean Patrice is more matured and discipline player compared to Tevez. I think u r Suarez buddy or should i say Loserfool fan

      Raeez - 2012-02-14 13:00

      ok ok ok, im a Liverpool supporter BUT i must admit i only mentioned Evra to irritate Scum Utd I personally think Suerez was wrong and has issues. He has a loooong history of bad behaviour including that Epic World Cup Game against Ghana...I still hate Man Utd and Evra

  • rick.borrett - 2012-02-14 10:58

    Tevez is an arrogant over paid guy who is only interested in the money. He epitimises all that is wrong in football today I hope he never plays again

      Sean - 2012-02-15 13:04

      I agree - Mancini is the boss and Tevez must listen and stfu ! If it was Fergie , Tevez would be gone long time !!

  • christidv - 2012-02-14 10:59

    They pay you millions to play football how bad can it be

  • Jason - 2012-02-14 11:23

    Who feels sorry for this clown, 250k per week..he signed the contract then he wanted to leave, then he didn't want to warm up when told to. Now doesn't go to training living in Argentina while getting paid.. Sorry you sign a contract you honour that contract don't start moaning ... I think Man City should take him to court to get there money back for him.

  • Ethel - 2012-02-14 11:26

    Sir Alex was castigated for letting him go. What a good decision it turned out to be!

      jowza1 - 2012-02-14 11:31

      he knew what he was doing

      Warrick - 2012-02-14 11:57

      he actually let him go because he said he planned on retiring long before he was 30 and would end his career in south america. cash in on the player before his value drops

  • Hertzel - 2012-02-14 11:33

    ..amazing how difficult it is for both parties to say " sorry " and move on..........

  • Michael - 2012-02-14 12:14

    shame, poor child

  • Peter - 2012-02-14 12:20

    Because you acted like a dog....Spoiled brat....

  • Freddie - 2012-02-14 13:11

    mancini shld also learn to respect his players thats wat gud managers do

      Cyrus - 2012-02-15 09:48

      Or his players should learn to respect him. If what Tevez is saying is True, I wouldve given Dzeko some stern punishment as well for giving attitude just because Mancini took him off

  • Raymond - 2012-02-14 13:21

    Maybe these days with foreign coaches and many players of different nationalities the time has come to employ an interpreter on the bench. When listening to many manager/coaches during sports interviews I strain to understand what they are saying!

  • Musa MusKent Mitenda - 2012-02-14 16:43

    Teves is a reali good player and could patner well with Kun Aguero... If they dont come into terms quickly then they will feel the wrath of Man United! Glory Glory Man United!

  • Butters71 - 2012-02-15 11:08, how is that for mature.

  • Chris - 2012-02-15 18:59

    I really hope NO club in the world is stupid enough to sign Tevez! He is at the moment getting stuffed bags of money for sitting and doing nothing...what has happened to the world we are living in?!!! Ban this guy for life!!!

  • Giuliano - 2012-02-16 12:19

    TEVEZ ma vai a prendertelo in disrespectful arrogant stronzo. Mancini is the coach and you follow instructions. how can you say you wanted to play and in the same breath you say you not warming up. the should fire you and sue you for damages.

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