Carlos Tevez Fine Halved After Intervention From the PFA

The £1M fine levied upon Carlos Tevez after Manchester City found their former strker guilty of misconduct has been cut in half by the PFA after they refused to sanction the punishment. Without the PFA's consent, clubs may only levy two week's wages worth of fines - in this case £500,000 - and City were turned down here because according to a statement from the PFA, Carlos Tevez has not actually been found guilty of refusing to play:

Gordon Taylor attended the hearing with Carlos Tevez on October 21 and was privy to all the evidence presented to the hearing and Carlos' response. The PFA's opinion, based on all the evidence presented, is that Carlos Tevez never refused to play for the club.

This is accepted by the club in that the charge against Carlos made at the hearing was not one of refusing to play. As such the PFA considers that there is no justification for a fine other than up to the prescribed sanction of two weeks' wages agreed by the FA, the Premier League and PFA.

The PFA has informed the Manchester City football club accordingly and Carlos will continue to be supported by the PFA in this regard.

Rather muddying the waters is the fact that Gordon Taylor was personally representing Tevez throughout the process - City have replied accepting the verdict but pointing out the major conflict of interest inherent in the PFA's decision. You'd have to think that they have a bit of a point. At any rate, Tevez walks away a slightly richer man.

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