Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Unsettled Star Tevez Is Hit by Family Crisis; West Ham Striker's Brother Arrested on Gun Charges to Add to Argentine's Poor Start

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Unsettled Star Tevez Is Hit by Family Crisis; West Ham Striker's Brother Arrested on Gun Charges to Add to Argentine's Poor Start

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Byline: KEN DYER

WEST HAM Argentine star Carlos Tevez has been hit by another setback as he tries to adapt to a new life in England. The 22-year-old striker, who has yet to score for his new team after arriving from Corinthians in a blaze of publicity, has learned that his younger brother Diego has been arrested and thrown into prison for carrying a gun and ammunition.

The news comes as the Hammers prepare for a potentially momentous board meeting at Upton Park tomorrow with the future of Tevez, his fellow countryman Javier Mascherano and the ownership of the club itself high on the agenda.

Chairman Terry Brown wants an answer from Kia Joorabchian as to whether he will be making an offer for West Ham. Brown is believed to want upwards of [pounds sterling]70million for his stake but doubts remain as to whether the Iranian businessman has the backing to buy the club.

Joorabchian was the man responsible for bringing Tevez and Mascherano to England, but neither has yet to settle in this country and Tevez was substituted in the 1-0 defeat by Reading on Sunday.

His weekend was made worse by the news that his brother was in a Buenos Aires jail after being stopped with a friend in the early hours of Friday as he drove a pickup truck through a tough area known as Fort Apache on the outskirts of the capital. Police found a loaded 38mm revolver on Diego, along with 14 more bullets. The friend with him was also arrested.

Public prosecutor Marcelo Sendot said he had been accused of 'illegal possession of a war weapon and war ammunition'.

It is the second time in two years that Diego Tevez has fallen foul of the law.

He was accused last year of trying to rob a shoe shop, but relatives insisted the allegations were part of a campaign to tarnish the family name.

Carlos Tevez is very close to his family and several members are in this country helping him to settle into his new life.

Hammers defender Danny Gabbidon admits he is worried that both Argentines are finding it tough to adapt to their new surroundings.

He said: "They are not used to our style of football and it will take time for them to bed in. …

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