Carlos Tevez has explained the circumstances around his apparent refusal to come off the Manchester City bench against Bayern Munich back in September.
The incident was the start of a period of controversy surrounding the Argentina international, and he was suspended from club duty for two weeks and fined over the indiscipline.
However, Tevez has blamed Roberto Mancini for his attitude during the fixture, and spoke of a defensive substitute replacing Edin Dzeko with Nigel De Jong that sparked the incident.
“I was kind of in a bad mood and when (Mancini) brings on De Jong and takes off Dzeko, and we’re losing 2-0, I thought it was a defensive substitution. So I decided to sit back on the bench,” he told Fox Sports in Argentina, translated into English by Sky Sports.
“So I’d already warmed up for 10 minutes and he has this attitude that he wants to lose 2-0 instead of 4-0.
“So I sat down and at the same time Dzeko comes off and is really angry and has a go at Mancini. He then sees the tunnel is closed so he has to sit down next to him and they start to have an argument.
“Dzeko was speaking Bosnian and Mancini would swear at him in Italian, so it was a real mess.
“So I go and sit down and he doesn’t see me because he’s having this discussion. But then he turns around and sees me and you can imagine what happens. He’s in the middle of an argument.
“So then he tells me to keep on warming up and treats me like a dog. So when he spoke to me in that tone of voice I said ‘no I’m not going out’.
“So I was willing to play but the coach was in such a foul mood, because he had that argument with Dzeko, he started on me as well, started swearing at me.
“That was him, because I was very calm. I was just sitting on the bench and you could see from the footage I was calm and just talking to (Pablo) Zabaleta. Mancini said some horrible things to me,” he confirmed.
A resolution to Tevez’s future was not agreed upon in January, and the forward went on to state that he wants to return to City and win back the fans’ affections.
“It’s a decision I’ve taken to win back the supporters who’ve turned against me since what happened against Bayern. “I gave everything to that club and what I love above all is to play football,” he concluded.
By Gareth McKnight