Manchester City Reduces Carlos Tevez' Fine

Carlos Tevez, Manchester City

Today Manchester City announced that they had to accept the Professional Footballers' Association decision to block Carlos Tevez's four-week fine for breach of contract. The PFA stated that Tevez was not found guilty of refusing to play, therefore only a two-week fine was acceptable.

Without the PFA's sanction a two-week fine is the maximum allowed.

"Manchester City Football Club has received notification from the Players' Union (PFA) that it will not support a four-week fine as a penalty for the actions of misconduct of Carlos Tevez," stated a Manchester press release.

"The club acknowledges that the Players' Union is the sole organisation empowered with granting the ability for clubs to levy fines greater than the two weeks provided for in player contracts. However, Manchester City is disappointed by the apparent PFA conflict of interest evident in this process.

"Carlos Tevez has been personally represented throughout by the PFA Chief Executive, on whose considerations the Club has been informed that the PFA has made its decision.

"Manchester City has been in constant dialogue with the PFA since September 28. Today's PFA decision is a departure from the Club's understanding of that dialogue.

"Without recourse to the PFA decision available, the maximum two-week fine provided for in standard player contracts will now be applied in relation to the misconduct of Carlos Tevez."

PFA chief Gordon Taylor said in a statement: "If he had refused to play that would have been the charge and that would be gross misconduct. The charge was momentarily refusing to resume warming up. He never refused to play. He was desperate to play.

"They are trying to portray he refused to play, which is serious and why he was vilified. No evidence that they presented suggested that. If the evidence was strong and irrefutable, that's gross misconduct, as serious as it gets and could be a termination of contract.

"That's not the case. The evidence doesn't suggest that and that's why the charge was not of gross misconduct.''

"Gordon Taylor attended the hearing with Carlos Tevez on October 21 and was privy to all the evidence presented to the hearing and Carlos' response. The PFA's opinion, based on all the evidence presented, is that Carlos Tevez never refused to play for the club.

"This is accepted by the club in that the charge against Carlos made at the hearing was not one of refusing to play. As such the PFA considers that there is no justification for a fine other than up to the prescribed sanction of two weeks' wages agreed by the FA, the Premier League and PFA.

"The PFA has informed the Manchester City football club accordingly and Carlos will continue to be supported by the PFA in this regard."

Tevez was Man City’s top scorer last season.

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