The Professional Footballers' Association has given its support to striker Carlos Tevez in his appeal to overturn the fine imposed on him by Manchester City.
City had slapped the Argentina international with a fine of four weeks' wages, said to be around £800,000, for his misconduct during their UEFA Champions League Group A game against Bayern Munich on 27th September that ended in a 2-0 defeat for the English club.
Manager Roberto Mancini claimed at the time that the 27-year-old refused to come on as a substitute at the Allianz Arena and stated that Tevez was 'finished' at the club.
However, an enquiry into the incident by City has revealed that the former West Ham and Manchester United star did not decline to come as a substitute but refused to warm up.
The PFA, which must ratify the fine, has now backed Tevez and released a statement on Thursday to this effect.
"The PFA's opinion, based on all the evidence presented, is that Carlos Tevez never refused to play for the club," reads the statement.
"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."