15 Nov 2011

Tevez fails to turn up to City meeting

10:40 am on 15 November 2011

The Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez failed to turn up for training again today with his advisers telling the BBC that he was still in Argentina.

The 27-year-old flew to Argentina without the club's permission last week, further straining already-tense relations after the furore following claims he refused to go on as a substitute during a Champions League match with Bayern Munich.

City instructed their lawyers to take action following last week's absence and Tevez was meant to turn up for a meeting with the club today.

Discussions had taken place between high-ranking City officials, Tevez and his advisers over the weekend.

City last month fined Tevez four weeks' wages - later reduced to two - for five breaches of contract relating to his behaviour during the club's 2-nil defeat at Bayern Munich on September 27th.

Tevez had been accused of refusing to appear as a substitute but the player denied those claims, insisting he had only declined a request to warm-up on the grounds that he had already done so.

City manager Roberto Mancini vowed Tevez was finished at the club but recent reports in England and Italy have suggested the Argentine might continue to play at Eastlands if he apologises to his teammates.