Taylor urges City to resolve dispute
Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor says he hopes that Manchester City will not terminate Carlos Tevez's contract for gross misconduct after the striker refused to play for the club on Tuesday night.
Taylor: It was an accident waiting to happen
Tevez has since claimed that it was a communication error that saw him stay on the bench, but City are considering axing the striker for good with Roberto Mancini insisting that it would be the last time he played for the club.
Taylor will be part of the negotiating process to try to bring some kind of amicable resolution to the issue and is recommending a quick meeting between manager Mancini, the clubs' owners, football administrator Brian Marwood, and the £50 million striker and his representatives.
"The problem is that we have an entrenched situation, an entrenched manager who says he doesn't want the player to play for him again, and the player insisting that he did not refuse to play,'' Taylor told ESPNsoccernet.
"The player says it is a question of warming up, and that he refused to warm up again. Perhaps he was fed up on the sidelines, fearing the humiliation that he wouldn't actually go onto the pitch.
"It seems that there was also a question of the different languages and the misinterpretation of what was said, so I would suggest the club should look at it carefully before terminating the player's contract, if that is what they have in mind.
"That is why it is such a serious and very sensitive situation and one that I cannot go into a great deal, but we are always open to trying to resolve situations like this because it isn't good for the player, for the club, or for the club's fans, or indeed for football itself.
"Of course if it is a question of refusing to play, then we have to go right to the heart of the player's contract, and if that is the case then the club have the option to terminate the contract, and could then claim compensation from the club the player joins in January.
"But we would be left with a situation that Carlos Tevez would be unable to play again until January, and that is not good for the player or for his club. The best solution is for everyone to get round the table and see if it is possible to allow Carlos Tevez to apply himself and then be sold in January, as the player has made no secret of his desire to leave the club.
"It is far too big an issue for just the manager and the player alone to resolve, so it does need some outside mediation. The alternative is that the player would be out of the game for a long time, and then the club find themselves embroiled in legal action when they claim compensation in January. Surely, that is something to avoid."
Tevez is due to report for training on Thursday where action taken by the club, (most likely an initial suspension without pay for at least two weeks) will then be relayed to him and his advisors.
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