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09 Nov 2011

Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez will not contest his misconduct charge, BBC Sport understands.

City found the 27-year-old Argentine guilty of committing five breaches of contract in a Champions League game against Bayern Munich in September.

Manager Roberto Mancini wanted to bring Tevez on as a substitute with 35 minutes left but he refused to warm up.

It is understood that Tevez believes a move away from the club in the January transfer window is now the best option.

After the Bayern Munich defeat, Mancini said: "He refused to come on the pitch. If I have my way, he will be out. He's finished with me."

But in a statement released the following day, Tevez said the dispute was a "misunderstanding" and "confusion on the bench".

A City investigation found Tevez guilty of breaching his contractual "obligation to participate" when he was selected, though Tevez's representatives disputed this, claiming he had only refused to warm up.

Tevez was fined four weeks' wages by City last month, which was later reduced to two weeks following intervention by the Professional Footballers' Association.

The striker has not played for the club since starting in the 2-0 Carling Cup win over Birmingham in September.

He has not scored this season and has seen fellow strikers Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli amass 30 goals between them in all competitions.

Tevez was signed by then City manager Mark Hughes in the summer of 2009 and has scored 53 goals in 91 appearances.

In May, he captained the club to FA Cup success, with a 1-0 victory over Stoke in the final at Wembley, City's first major trophy in 35 years.

However, he has also twice asked for a transfer away from Eastlands and looked set to get his wish before a proposed £40m-move to Brazilian side Corinthians fell through.


source: bbc.co.uk

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