Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has denied claims he refused to play against Bayern Munich in their Champions League clash on Tuesday. Tevez angered manager Roberto Mancini when he appeared to refuse to leave the bench and take to the field during the second-half with City trailing 2-0 in Germany after a double from Mario Gomez.
Mancini later claimed that the striker would never play for the club again before admitting he would be consulting the club’s owner about a possible move forward. However, Tevez submitted a statement on Wednesday morning claiming he did not refuse to play. He stated, ‘I would like to apologise to all Manchester City fans, with whom I have always had a strong relationship, for any misunderstanding that occurred in Munich’.
It continued, ‘In Munich on Tuesday I had warmed up and was ready to play. This is not the right time to get into specific details as to why this did not happen. But I wish to state that I never refused to play’. The club and the player clearly have differing views on the situation – but it is extremely unlikely Tevez will ever wear the blue of City again.