Following the controversy of Carlos Tevez’s refusal to come off the bench against Bayern Munich in midweek, news has emerged that Roberto Mancini’s son Filippo did the same thing for the Manchester City reserve team last month.
The Italian coach has stated that Tevez’s time at the club is finished, following the Argentina international’s refusal to come off the bench in the Champions League.
Despite this, Mancini has been embarrassed by the fact that his son refused to enter the field of play for the club’s Elite Development Squad (EDS), comprising reserve and youth players back in August.
In a fixture against their Liverpool equivalents, Filippo preferred to stay on the bench, and this has been confirmed by the Etihad Stadium outfit.
“Filippo is a non-contracted, unpaid player who was on the substitutes’ bench for the non competitive game in question,” a City spokesman stated.
“In these circumstances, a disciplinary procedure would have been invoked, however, as he was not an employee of the club, this was not a viable option. The matter has been dealt with internally. Roberto Mancini was not aware of this incident,” the statement concluded.
The news is sure to add to Mancini’s plight, as City investigate the Tevez incident in more depth during the South American’s two week suspension.
By Gareth McKnight