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Carlos Tevez denies refusing to play

Manchester City were given a good going over by Bayern Munich in the Champions League last night, beaten 2-0 at the Allianz Arena in a tepid display. However that won't be what will have upset fans the most: an almighty row has kicked off around Carlos Tevez, who may or may not have refused to play when asked by Sky Blues boss Roberto Mancini. Oh dear.

It appeared that when being asked to come on as a substitute, the Argentine simply said 'no'. After the match Mancini said that Tevez would never play for City again, clearly fuming at what happened. However Tevez himself now claims that he didn't refuse to play, and that it was all a misunderstanding. Exactly what kind of misunderstanding it was he hasn't said, mind you, which doesn't lend much credibility to his apology.

'I would like to apologise to all Manchester City fans, with whom I have always had a strong relationship, for any misunderstanding that occurred in Munich,' said Tevez in a statement. 'They understand that when I am on the pitch I have always given my best for the club.

'In Munich on Tuesday I had warmed up and was ready to play. This is not the right time to get into specific details as to why this did not happen. But I wish to state that I never refused to play. There was some confusion on the bench and I believe my position may have been misunderstood. Going forward I am ready to play when required and to fulfil my obligations.'

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