Etihad Stadium is now a sulky Argentine free zone.
Manchester City banned journalists from asking manager Roberto Mancini questions about striker Carlos Tevez and his future at the club.
The Argentina international was suspended by the club for refusing to come off the bench during City’s 2-0 defeat by Bayern Munich on Tuesday.
Mancini said the 27-year-old has no future at the club after the game and it is likely Tevez will be sold in January.
The Blues released a statement before the usual press conference with Mancini warning if any Tevez questions were asked the briefing would be suspended.
“Questions in relation to Carlos Tevez in general, in relation to his alleged conduct on Tuesday evening and the potential ramifications of that conduct and in relation to his future at the football club is strictly off limits and will not be answered,” the statement read.
“Breaches of this will result in the press conference being suspended.
“This decision has been made to protect the interests of all parties and safeguard the integrity of the investigation that is currently taking place.”
Mancini himself played down any side-effects of the drama, rejecting a suggestion that this has been the hardest week of his managerial career.
“No, no, absolutely no,” he said. “Why is it difficult? Some situations can happen in football, in your job. It’s important that the past is finished.
“I don’t have any complications. Only one complication that we had two days ago is that we lost against Bayern Munich, only this.
“We started very well we can do a fantastic season, I don’t have this problem.
“It is normal that one player is not happy to leave the pitch in an important game or to stay on the bench, it’s a normal situation for every manager.”