Tevez fine cut in half
Manchester City have halved Carlos Tevez's fine for misconduct to two weeks' wages following intervention from the Professional Footballers' Association.
The players' union refused to sanction City's four-week fine - thought to be around £800,000 - after backing Tevez's claims that he did not refuse to play against Bayern Munich last month. City have accused the union of a conflict of interests because Tevez was represented at his disciplinary hearing by their chief executive Gordon Taylor.
A City statement read: "The club acknowledges that the players' union is the sole organisation empowered with granting the ability for clubs to levy fines greater than the two weeks provided for in player contracts. However, Manchester City is disappointed by the apparent PFA conflict of interest evident in this process."
The statement continued: "Carlos Tevez has been personally represented throughout by the PFA chief executive, on whose considerations the club has been informed that the PFA has made its decision.
"Manchester City has been in constant dialogue with the PFA since September 28. Today's PFA decision is a departure from the club's understanding of that dialogue.
"Without recourse to the PFA decision available, the maximum two-week fine provided for in standard player contracts will now be applied in relation to the misconduct of Carlos Tevez."
Press Association Sport understands, however, that this latest development will not prevent City from continuing to take a hard line over the matter.
The club remain in no doubt that Tevez refused to play at the Allianz Arena - one of five breaches of contract - and will not back down if, as expected, the Argentinian appeals. Yet Tevez has contended throughout that he only refused to warm up and the public support of the PFA for his stance is understood to have been warmly welcomed.
The PFA's statement read: "Gordon Taylor attended the hearing with Carlos Tevez on October 21 and was privy to all the evidence presented to the hearing and Carlos' response. The PFA's opinion, based on all the evidence presented, is that Carlos Tevez never refused to play for the club.
"This is accepted by the club in that the charge against Carlos made at the hearing was not one of refusing to play. As such the PFA considers that there is no justification for a fine other than up to the prescribed sanction of two weeks' wages agreed by the FA, the Premier League and PFA."