Sept. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Manchester City soccer club suspended striker Carlos Tevez for as long as two weeks while it investigates his alleged refusal to play in a 2-0 Champions League loss at Bayern Munich last night.
City manager Roberto Mancini said he wanted to put Tevez into the game in the second half and the 27-year-old refused. Argentina international Tevez, who sought to leave City this summer to return to South America and be closer to his family, denied the accusation.
“Tevez has been suspended until further notice for a maximum period of two weeks,” City said in a statement. “The player’s suspension is pending a full review into his alleged conduct during Tuesday evening’s 2-0 defeat to Bayern Munich.”
Tevez, who won’t be considered for selection or take part in training during the review, said today he didn’t refuse to play and apologized to City fans for a “misunderstanding” that left him on the bench.
“I had warmed up and was ready to play,” Tevez said, according to a statement cited by the Daily Mirror. “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.”
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