Fergie - Fine rules are crazy

United boss gives his take on Tevez row

Carlos Tevez: Has seen his fine halved following intervention by the PFA

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson claims the rules that have forced Manchester City to halve the fine handed to Carlos Tevez are 'a bit crazy'.

City initially hit their Argentine striker with a four-week fine following an investigation into his actions during a UEFA Champions League clash with Bayern Munich.

They have, however, been forced to cut that penalty to two weeks as the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) refused to support the sanction.

The PFA stated it believes Tevez 'never refused to play for the club' and that there was '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'.

City claim the PFA has a 'conflict of interest' in both representing Tevez and then being in a position to rule on the sanction he faces.

Ferguson, who worked with Tevez during the South American's time at Old Trafford, admits the situation is far from ideal but accepts that rules have been put in place and they must be adhered to.


Ferguson said: "I think it is a bit strange of course but the regulations are there. It is a fact that the maximum fine you can give a player is two weeks' [wages].

"It seems a bit crazy in that particular situation but it's there and there's nothing you can do about it."

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has also given his take on the matter and believes City should have been left to deal with the player how they see fit.

"I didn't even know what really happened so it's not down to me to judge that. Leave Manchester City that responsibility to do it," said the French tactician.

"I am sure they have enough money to pay all the lawyers they want to have a good outcome of the story."

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