Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez will meet with club officials on Monday in a hearing to establish whether or not he refused to play in last Tuesday’s Champions League defeat away to Bayern Munich.
The meeting is part of a club investigation launched after boss Roberto Mancini told reporters the Argentine striker had defied his orders to enter the field of play with half an hour remaining of the European clash, which City lost 2-0.
Immediately after the match Tevez appeared to admit refusing to leave the bench, but soon after released a statement claiming he had merely declined to warm up again and was the victim of a misunderstanding.
Mancini has been adamant in his belief that his former captain is now “finished” at the club, and City’s legal team are reportedly scrutinising the player’s contract as they weigh up the best course of action.
Today’s meeting will take place away from the Etihad Stadium and City’s Carrington training complex, with Tevez accompanied by a translator but no legal representative.
The Argentine is still suspended from all club activity pending the outcome of the investigation, but City did not forbid him from flying home to Argentina over the weekend as was previously suggested, and he will once again fly home once the meeting is over.