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Tevez ready to go to war with Mancini over 'defamation'

Carlos Tevez could sue Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini for defamation, following the club’s statement on Tuesday evening.

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CARLOS TEVEZ IS considering suing Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini after he was found guilty of misconduct by the club and fined four weeks’ wages.

The striker remains adamant that he did not refuse to play in the recent Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich, but that he felt it was not necessary to warm up from the bench. Tevez has contradicted Mancini’s claim that he refused to enter the field of play and has reportedly been told by his advisors that he could sue the Italian for defamation of character.

The club sees things differently and released a statement on Tuesday night, effectively saying that Tevez – who was on the bench – did refuse to play.

A City statement read: “Following a detailed investigation and associated hearing, a disciplinary panel has upheld the charge of misconduct.

“Five separate breaches of contract formed the basis of the decision by the panel.

“As a result Carlos Tevez has been fined four weeks’ wages and has been suspended for a period of two weeks (deemed to have already been served). He has received a written warning as to his future conduct.

“Carlos Tevez has been informed in writing of the decision of the disciplinary panel, and the club has written to the Professional Footballers’ Association for ratification of the fine.”

The official Manchester City club statement in full >

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