Player power took a hit in Manchester today as both Carlos Tevez and Kolo Toure accepted the punishment doled out to them by the City power brokers.
First up was Tevez, who decided not to contest the club’s ruling that he was guilty of misconduct in the Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich.
The Argentina international was last month fined 4 weeks wages, later reduced to two following an intervention by the Professional Footballers’ Association after an internal disciplinary panel found him guilty of five breaches of contract relating to his behaviour on the bench during the match in Munich on September 27.
The former Manchester United star was also suspended for two weeks however that punishment was deemed to have already been served meaning the player is once again available for selection. The deadline for lodging an appeal passed today (Tuesday, 8th November) with Tevez deciding to accept his faith.
His team mate Toure was also in trouble with the club, his charge of failing a drug test being viewed in a far more serious light by the club who fined the player six weeks’ wages.
The 30 year old, who is now back in the first team picture at City, was handed a six-month ban by the Football Association in May, backdated to March 2, after he tested positive for a prohibited substance accepted the charge and will not contest it.
A statement released by City on Tuesday evening read: “Following the conclusion of an internal disciplinary process, Manchester City Football Club can confirm that Kolo Toure has received a fine of six weeks’ wages which relates to doping offences committed by him earlier this year.
“Kolo accepts the decision and he and the club now wish to draw a line under this matter and focus on the season ahead.”