League to rule on Tevez appeal
Published 31/01/2012 | 16:42
The Premier League have confirmed they will deal with Carlos Tevez's appeal against a six-week fine imposed by Manchester City "at the earliest available opportunity".
Tevez's advisors lodged an appeal against the gross-misconduct fine of approximately £1.2million with the Premier League on Monday night.
"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," the Premier League confirmed. "Premier League rules allow for players to appeal disciplinary decisions under Section K and the Premier League Board will consider this request at the earliest available opportunity."
Tevez is now back in the same position he found himself in late last year, when he also appealed against a similar fine following his failure to warm-up during a Champions League encounter with Bayern Munich.
On that occasion, Tevez managed to get the fine reduced to two weeks' wages, only to head back to Argentina a fortnight later, since when he has not returned.
City imposed the fine on December 22, having tried - and failed - to get the striker to report for duty. They had already stopped paying the player's wages, a move which it is estimated has so far cost Tevez £1.9million.
Tevez subsequently 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.