Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

TEVEZ: I DID NOT REFUSE TO PLAY BUT I AM SORRY; STAR WANTS TO STAY AT CITY DESPITE MANCINI ROW I Didn't Refuse to Play for City but I'm Sorry, Insists Tevez

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

TEVEZ: I DID NOT REFUSE TO PLAY BUT I AM SORRY; STAR WANTS TO STAY AT CITY DESPITE MANCINI ROW I Didn't Refuse to Play for City but I'm Sorry, Insists Tevez

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Byline: Andrew Hodgson

CARLOS TEVEZ today denied he refused to play for Manchester City against Bayern Munich in the Champions League last night.

The Argentina striker appeared to snub Roberto Mancini when the City manager attempted to bring him on as a second-half substitute in the 2-0 defeat at the Allianz Arena.

Mancini later claimed Tevez's career at the Etihad Stadium was over and revealed he would speak to club chairman Khaldoon al-Mubarak to discuss City's next move.

Tevez, who earns [pounds sterling]250,000 a week, said after the match that he "didn't feel right to play" but released a statement this morning denying he had refused to leave the substitutes' bench.

The former Manchester United and West Ham star, who was given a police escort home on his return to Manchester this morning, said: "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.

"They understand that when I am on the pitch I have always given my best for the club. 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.

"There was some confusion on the bench and my position may have been misunderstood. Going forward I am ready to play when required and to fulfil my obligations."

Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness last night branded Tevez a "disgrace to football", while Harry Redknapp today sympathised with his City counterpart.

The Tottenham manager said: "It's just unbelievable. I felt sorry for Roberto Mancini.

"To be put in that situation wasn't fair, wasn't right. Not right for Manchester City, not right for football.

"It can't happen, it shouldn't happen. You look at that and you wonder what great City managers of the past like Joe Mercer would have thought, Malcolm Allison, all those great City people. …

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