AWOL Argie takes on City again

Midweek Sport - - RACING EXTRA - By FRANK MCCAULEY

CAR­LOS TEVEZ will have his ap­peal against a six-week fine slapped on him by Manch­ester City dealt with by the Premier League as quickly as pos­si­ble.

Tevez’s ad­vi­sors have now lodged an ap­peal against the gross mis­con­duct fine of around £1.2mil­lion.

The Ar­gentina striker also ap­pealed a sim­i­lar fine late last year af­ter his fail­ure to warm up dur­ing City’s Cham­pi­ons League clash with Bay­ern Mu­nich.

Wages

On that oc­ca­sion, Tevez man­aged to get the fine re­duced to two weeks’ wages.

He headed to Ar­gentina a fort­night later and has not re­turned since.

“The Premier League re­ceived cor­re­spon­dence from Car­los Tevez last night giv­ing no­tice of Mr Tevez’s in­ten­tion to ap­peal against a dis­ci­plinary sanc­tion im­posed on him by his club, Manch­ester City,” con­firmed the Premier League yes­ter­day.

“The Premier League Board will con­sider this re­quest at the ear­li­est avail­able op­por­tu­nity.”

City im­posed the fine on De­cem­ber 22, hav­ing tried – and failed – to get the striker to re­port for duty.

They had al­ready stopped pay­ing his wages, a move which it is es­ti­mated has so far cost Tevez £1.9m.

Tevez ap­pealed against the pun­ish­ment – but that was thrown out on Jan­uary 7 af­ter a hear­ing in­volv­ing two City di­rec­tors, Marty Edel­man and Mo­hamed al-mazrouei.

Un­like last time, when PFA chief ex­ec­u­tive Gor­don Tay­lor stepped in on Tevez’s be­half, in this in­stance City feel their case is wa­ter­tight.

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