Nothing is ever perfect, and while City are riding high after their historic 6-1 mauling of near neighbours United – a result that put them favourites in the premier league betting – there remains a black mark splattered across their season.
I am, of course, talking about Carlos Tevez. The Argentinian striker has been the subject of disciplinary proceedings after apparently refusing to come off the bench in a Champions League game with Bayern Munich last month.
Since that night in the Allianz Arena we have witnessed a messy bout of claim and counter claim, some of it apparently lost in translation, as each party tries to manoeuvre themselves to ensure the most favourable outcome.
City in the end found Tevez guilty of refusing to warm up – not to play like Mancini had angrily stated after the game. A four week fine and two weeks suspension (already served) sounds to me like the club have backtracked significantly from their initial angry reaction in Germany, but that doesn’t mean the mess is over.
Rumours are that the 27-year-old could sue Mancini for defamation of character following his post-match outburst. That, for me, appears unlikely to happen, but it does highlight the extent to which relations have broken down.
Had this been at any other club Tevez could put pressure on the board to sell him at a cut price, or risk his value drop as he sits on his contract. However, City – the richest club in the World – CAN afford to deny Tevez Live Football and let him rot in the reserves, refusing to sell him at anything other than what they perceive as a realistic asking price.
That is unlikely to happen of course but it is turning out to be a unique case of brinkmanship, between City and Tevez, with prospective buyers circling overhead. Disciplinary proceedings may be over, but a solution is as far away as ever.