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Carlos Tevez states case and awaits result of Manchester City hearing

Carlos Tevez expects to discover this week whether he will be charged with gross misconduct by Manchester City, having given his account of events in Munich to the club's disciplinary hearing on Monday.

The former City captain was granted permission to return home to Argentina after an hour-long discussion with members of the FA Cup holders' human resources and legal departments in Manchester.

Tevez was informed of the meeting's location only an hour in advance, with City anxious to hold it away from the Etihad Stadium and the Carrington training complex for fear of a media scrum, and his defence will have a major bearing on what, if any, further punishment he will face for allegedly refusing to appear as a substitute in the Champions League defeat at the Allianz Arena.

Tevez is said to have held an amicable discussion with the disciplinary panel and denies Roberto Mancini's claim that he defied his manager's instructions against Bayern having been overlooked for the first substitution of the game. The Argentina international argues he told Mancini that, having already warmed up, there was no need for him to conduct the process again, although immediately after the game he gave a televised interview in which he stated he was not in the right mind to play. That footage will form part of City's internal inquiry.

Mancini has submitted an official complaint to his employers and his assertion that Tevez refused to play in the 2-0 defeat has been corroborated by members of the coaching and fitness staff who were in the dug-out in Germany. City had also intended to interview several of the striker's team-mates who were on the substitutes' bench but that line of questioning may be dropped due to the possible damaging impact on the dressing room.

City have fined Tevez two weeks' wages – £500,000 – which is the maximum under Professional Footballers' Association rules and instructed him to be back in Manchester by the time his club suspension ends on 12 October.

Any attempts to increase the financial penalty would require consultation with the PFA. The prospect of sacking Tevez for gross misconduct is unlikely, despite the groundswell of opinion among the club's support for a hardline stance.

The inquiry into the controversy at the Allianz Arena is expected to conclude in the next few days, with City having gathered most of the verbal and television evidence. Tevez could be interviewed for a second time before a final decision is reached.

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Andy Hunter, for The Guardian on Monday 3rd October 2011 23.05 Europe/London

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