Fuelling whispers the all is not right in the Manchester City dressing room, Carlos Tevez failed to hold back his emotions on Saturday as the Argentine vented at manager Roberto Mancini after being withdrawn before the final whistle against Bolton.
Tevez, City's captain and matchwinner against the Trotters, was pulled out of the action seconds before the full-time whistle for James Milner. Yet rather than simply soak up the applause from the Eastlands faithful, Tevez opted to publicly contest his manager's decision to remove him from the action.
Following Friday's training ground bust-up pictures between Mario Balotelli and Jerome Boateng and a long line of column inches suggesting a fractious dressing room at the City of Manchester Stadium, this latest and very public scene of discontent was latched upon by all gossip-mongers.
Mancini, however, was quick to play down the incident. "I'm happy for that. I'd like all the players to be like Carlos. At the moment, every player wants to stay on the pitch but I needed a player like Milner on there because he is taller than Carlos and better at set pieces. I have no problem with what Carlos said."
Footage of the Tevez-Mancini clash can be seen below:
Putting the Tevez-Mancini incident into perspective, there have been a couple of real fights between team-mates which have been caught on camera this season.
Just last weekend in Germany Lukas Podoloski kicked out at Cologne team-mate Martin Lanig at training. Earlier in the year Zlatan Ibrahimovic kicked out at Rodney Strasser during a Milan training session, while over in Brazil Santos’ Neymar and Marcel got into a confrontation after a Ze Eduardo birthday having spun out of control.