'Manchester City's Carlos Tevez could be banned from football' - Fifa vice-president Jim Boyce suggests world governing body could take action against Argentine

The Northern Irishman suggests the Eastlands club should put their case to Fifa and believes Roberto Mancini's side should terminate the former Manchester United star's contract

Fifa vice-president Jim Boyce has suggested Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez could be banned by football's world governing body after the striker allegedly refused to play for his side in their 2-0 Champions League away defeat to Bayern Munich.

The 67-year-old also backed the Premier League club to terminate the former Manchester United man's contract after boss Roberto Mancini suggested on Tuesday that Tevez refused to play against the German giants.

Whilst Tevez has since issued a statement denying Mancini's claims, Boyce believes that, if Manchester City can sufficiently prove the striker refused to play Fifa would have grounds to ban the player.

"If Manchester City Football Club prove it, write to Fifa and state the exact circumstances that happened last night then I believe Fifa should have the power, as they do for drugs-related cases and other cases, to ban the player from taking an active part in football," he told Sky Sports.

"I would have no problem with that whatsoever. It hasn't occurred before but I think what happened last night was despicable.

"If this player did what he has been accused of doing, then if Manchester City were to release him tonight I don't think it would be right if he could go and earn a considerable amount of money somewhere else next week.

"I would have no problems if some sanctions were imposed by Fifa in that respect. People within the clubs and within the top level of Fifa need to discuss this aspect of the game.

"If Carlos Tevez does it, who's to say someone else doing it the next week or the week after? It could become a massive problem."

The Northern Irishman added his belief that, if the Argentine's alleged actions are proven, City would be better off without him.

He continued: "If he has done what has been said, and it appears there is no doubt about it - no matter what has been said this morning - then I think his club would be better off with him not being part of it."

"Without a shadow of doubt [Tevez’s contract should be terminated]. I don't think you can have someone at a club who has refused to go on the field of play, no matter who they are."