Tevez Did Not Refuse To Play At Bayern, Claims Joorabchian

It's a he said she said, so who are we supposed to believe?

Nash Herringtonby Nash Herrington

Carlos Tevez’s adviser Kia Joorabchian has claimed that the suspended Man City centre-forward did not refuse to play in the Blues’ Champions League defeat at Bayern Munich. The 27-year-old is currently serving a two-week suspension after allegedly refusing to take to the pitch by order of manager Robert Mancini, although he has claimed that rather than refusing to play, he was instead “refusing to warm-up”.

In a post-match interview a question was poised to Tevez concerning the controversy, and his answer was translated by a City employee as: “I did not feel right to play so I did not”. However, Joorabchian has claimed that Tevez’s response was translated falsely.

"One of the biggest problems is that in a situation right after a game questions are asked and things are taken out of context.

"If you don't have a very professional interpreter you have a problem. The interpretation was incorrect. Both questions and both answers from Carlos were interpreted incorrectly."

Joorabchian went on to blame the apparent confusion on the bench following the substitution of Edin Dzeko, who was offended by Mancini’s decision to bring him off the pitch:

“What happened on the bench in Munich was one of a lot of confusion as shown on the TV footage. The events of Munich have been judged prior to the real outcome coming out.

"We see Nigel de Jong going on and Carlos still warming up and a God-awful row between Roberto Mancini and Edin Dzeko. You see this row carrying on and Carlos sits down. Carlos then stands up, there's more shouting and he sits back down. The next thing we hear is what Roberto says.”

Joorabchian also stated that “you cannot criticise [Tevez’s] commitment in wanting to play”, and said that the Argentinean has been committed to City ever since he joined at the start of the club’s “new vision”.

If Kia’s claims are clarified then this could mean that there is still chance for relations between Tevez, Mancini and City to improve. If not then the Argentinean could be looking for a new home come the opening of the transfer window next January.