Published October 25, 2011
MANCHESTER, England – Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez was fined a month's wages Tuesday but can keep playing despite being found guilty of five breaches of contract for misconduct on the bench during a Champions League match.
City's disciplinary hearing found that Tevez disobeyed club officials when he did not come off the bench during last month's 2-0 loss.
Tevez was immediately suspended for two weeks by City. Despite manager Roberto Mancini saying the Argentina international wouldn't play for the club again, he received no ban from the panel.
Instead, Tevez must pay a $1.6 million fine and received a written warning about his future conduct.
Topping the list of five contractual breaches, City said Tevez had not fulfilled "an obligation to participate in any matches in which the player is selected to play for the club when directed by a club official".
City also said Tevez did not follow the instructions of his manager, and brought the club into disrepute.
Tevez has 14 days to appeal against the decision. He would also have the right to a second appeal to the Premier League.
That whole process could run into December.
Tevez was City's top scorer during its run to the FA Cup title last year that ended a 35-year trophy drought, but has been largely out of favor since a failed attempt to secure a transfer in the offseason.
He had started only twice before being named on the bench for the sixth time this campaign for the game in Munich.
The striker has been training alone since returning from suspension two weeks ago.