Media round-up: Wednesday, 9th November
By Ric Turner, Wed 09 November 2011 09:51
Carlos Tevez has chosen not to contest the two week fine imposed on him for misconduct, but has risked further sanction after returning to Argentina without permission from the club. Tevez's PR Advisor Paul McCarthy told Sky Sports News: "He's gone to see his family. They flew back when he flew back, when he was suspended by Manchester City, and he's gone back to see them. We've said all along that Carlos is aware of situation in terms of getting back to his fitness. I can't really say much more until he's back in the country."
Meanwhile Kolo Toure has accepted a fine of six weeks' wages in relation to his suspension for failing a drug test. A statement released by City read: "Following the conclusion of an internal disciplinary process, Manchester City Football Club can confirm that Kolo Toure has received a fine of six weeks' wages which relates to doping offences committed by him earlier this year. Kolo accepts the decision and he and the club now wish to draw a line under this matter and focus on the season ahead."
A knee injury has ruled Samir Nasri out of France's upcoming friendlies against the United States and Belgium, and the midfielder has returned to Manchester. "Samir Nasri reported for France duty at Clairefontaine (Yvelines) with a left patellar tendon injury," a statement on the FFF's official website read. "A clinical examination and additional tests confirmed the inflammation and, consequently, the inability of the player to be fully fit has meant he will not play in the two internationals."
According to the Daily Mirror City's Slovakian winger Vladimir Weiss, on loan at Espanyol, believes Spanish football is more sophisticated than in England, where "many teams play using the long ball."