Even Mancini has done a Carlos Tevez
Even as the football world is looking for answers as to why did Carlos Tevez not come on for Manchester City during their Champions League match at Bayern Munich, one answer could well be that he was just influenced by boss Roberto Mancini’s past.
Mancini was once banned for six weeks during his playing days for the Argentinian-style bust-up. While at Sampdoria, Mancini walked off the pitch when he was not awarded a penalty against Inter Milan.
His refusal to carry on sparked a furious touchline row with his manager — future England boss Sven Goran Eriksson — who eventually got him back on the pitch.
But within minutes of returning in the 1995 match he was sent off for rowing with the referee. More than 15 years later, Mancini had to deal with a similar situation with Tevez refusing to leave the bench.
City has now suspended Tevez for two weeks while the club probes his refusal to play against Bayern Munich in Champions League.