The world and his wife have been keen to criticise Carlos Tevez for apparently refusing to play against Bayern Munich last week, although his agent has today claimed that the striker did not tell Roberto Mancini that he was unable to play.
Kia Joorabchian told reporters on Wednesday that the player’s post-match comments have been mistranslated where Tevez was supposed to have said “I did not feel right to play, so I did not”.
According to Joorabchian, this wasn’t what the striker actually said and claims that Tevez was not the sort of player to refuse to play in a match.
“When questions are asked right after the game, things are put out of context,” Joorabchian said. “If you don’t have a very professional interpreter then you have a problem. I speak Spanish and I speak English. I listened to the questions in English and I listened to the interpretation in Spanish and the interpretation was incorrect; it was a different interpretation.
“Both questions were interpreted incorrectly and both answers of Carlos were misinterpreted. The way the interpreter presented it, Geoff Shreeves says something like: ‘What is the truth, Carlos?’ He refers to the point where the fighting has occurred and Mancini says Carlos is finished. Carlos then says the truth is that in this point in time how am I going to be in a mental state to play? But the interpreter says something very different.”