Etihad Stadium striker lets his agent do the talking.
Carlos Tevez was mistranslated in an interview that contributed to him being suspended by Manchester City, claims his adviser Kia Joorabchian.
The Argentine striker was banned for two weeks after allegedly refusing to come on as a substitute in City’s 2-0 defeat at Bayern Munich.
After the match a club translator quoted Tevez as saying: “I didn’t feel right to play so I didn’t.”
But Joorabchian insisted that “the interpretation was incorrect”.
He reiterated that Tevez refused only to warm up and added: “He feels he has been judged and condemned before the case has really been looked in to.”
Tevez met City officials on Monday as part of an investigation into the incident before flying to Buenos Aires for international duty.
He is expected back at training next Wednesday, 12 October.
The 27-year-old blamed “confusion on the bench” for the “misunderstanding” in Germany and felt there was no reason why he should apologise to City manager Roberto Mancini.
Speaking at the Leaders in Football conference, Joorabchian suggested language problems might have been to blame in the post-match interview.
“Carlos does speak English but his English his not good enough to host a full-blown interview,” stated the Iranian-born businessman.
“I listened to the questions in English and the interpretations in Spanish. Both questions were interpreted incorrectly and both answers of Carlos were then misinterpreted.”
SOURCE: BBC Sport
I was waiting for Carlos Tevez’s slug like agent to get involved and true to form he has come out looking to pass the blame away from his player. Now if the allegation is that the Man City player merely stated he did not want to warm up, well that in itself is enough to earn some form of suspension by the club and it seems unfair that a translator gets the brunt of this whole sorry affair.
One thing everyone seems to be missing is that it really doesn’t matter anyway, didn’t the player already state he doesn’t want to play for the club, doesn’t want to live in the city and has made it very clear on that matter. Or were those interviews he conducted in the Spanish speaking press ALSO misinterpreted?
Either way Roberto Mancini should make a stand and continue to not play Tevez, after all he has seen his replacement, Sergio Aguero, make a barnstorming start to life in the Premier League and Edin Dzeko has also been banging in the goals so they can probably afford to sell the former Man United and West Ham man as soon as is humanly possible.