Manchester City have accepted the Professional Footballers' Association's decision that Carlos Tevez can only be fined two weeks' wages, but expressed disappointment at the verdict.
The Argentine striker's conduct in the UEFA Champions League game against Bayern Munich was investigated by the club after Roberto Mancini alleged that he refused to come on as a substitute.
The case of Tevez refusing to play was not proven but he was still fined four weeks' wages for improper conduct earlier this week.
The PFA must ratify any such fine and PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor earlier stated that he thought there was no justification for City's punishment.
City have now confirmed that Tevez's fine has had to be reduced, although they have made it clear they were shocked by the PFA's decision and questioned Taylor's role in proceedings.
"Manchester City Football Club has received notification from the Players' Union (PFA) that it will not support a four-week fine as a penalty for the actions of misconduct of Carlos Tevez," read a statement on City's official website.
Conflict of interest
"The club acknowledges that the Players' Union is the sole organisation empowered with granting the ability for clubs to levy fines greater than the two weeks provided for in player contracts.
"However, Manchester City is disappointed by the apparent PFA conflict of interest evident in this process.
"Carlos Tevez has been personally represented throughout by the PFA chief executive, on whose considerations the club has been informed that the PFA has made its decision.
"Manchester City has been in constant dialogue with the PFA since September 28th. Today's PFA decision is a departure from the club's understanding of that dialogue.
"Without recourse to the PFA decision available, the maximum two-week fine provided for in standard player contracts will now be applied in relation to the misconduct of Carlos Tevez."