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Tevez apologises to City

Argentine striker Carlos Tevez, who has been at loggerheads with Manchester City and manager Roberto Mancini for five-months, finally apologised for his behaviour.

sports Updated: Feb 22, 2012 23:38 IST
Carlos Tevez

Argentine striker Carlos Tevez, who has been at loggerheads with Manchester City and manager Roberto Mancini for five-months, finally apologised for his behaviour.

Tevez was exiled from the club and had to pay a huge fine of 1.8 million pounds after he decided not to take the field last September as a substitute against German club Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

The Argentine met the club officials in a meeting that lasted three-hours on Tuesday night, after which he came out with a statement.

"I wish to apologise sincerely and unreservedly to everybody I have let down and to whom my actions over the last few months have caused offence. My wish is to concentrate on playing football for Manchester City Football Club," the statement read.

Club manager Mancini had told the media after the Champions League row that Tevez would never play as long as he was the manager of Manchester City. Mancini is yet to meet the Argentine, but the club released a statement.

"Carlos Tevez has apologised to all concerned for his recent conduct. Carlos returned to the football club last Tuesday, following a three-month absence from duties, without permission."

"Carlos has also withdrawn his appeal against the club's finding of gross misconduct which was due to be heard by a Premier League panel in the coming days. He has since begun a training programme designed to return him to optimum fitness," the statement read.

Manchester City are two points ahead of city rivals Manchester United in the Premier League table. They play Portuguese champions FC Porto in the Europa League Wednesday while they host struggling Blackburn Rovers in the league Saturday.

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