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Tevez has fine reduced
Manchester City have confirmed Carlos Tevez will be fined only two weeks' wages for misconduct following a ruling from the Professional Footballers' Association.
City intended to fine the Argentinian four weeks' wages after ruling he was guilty of refusing to play against Bayern Munich last month.
However, the PFA have refused to sanction a fine above the maximum two weeks' wages the club are permitted to impose without without the permission of the union.
City's statement read: "Manchester City Football Club has received notification from the Players Union (PFA) that it will not support a four-week fine as a penalty for the actions of misconduct of Carlos Tevez.
"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."
Yet whilst accepting the decision, the club believe the fact Tevez was represented at his disciplinary hearing by PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor last week amounts to a conflict of interests.
Taylor backed the player over his claim that he did not refuse to play, but merely refused to warm up. The club also believe they were misled by the PFA over their thoughts on the matter.
The statement added: "Manchester City is disappointed by the apparent PFA conflict of interest evident in this process. 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 28th. 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."
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