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Afternoon Ticker: Tevez-Mancini row, Alex out three weeks and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Carlos Tevez may have five goals in Manchester City's first seven games of the season, but that didn't stop him from lashing out at head coach Roberto Mancini this past weekend.

According to reports, Tevez and Mancini were involved in a heated argument during halftime of City's 2-1 win vs. Newcastle United. The quarrel stemmed from Mancini overhearing Tevez make a derogatory comment in Spanish, and that ultimately led to Tevez telling Mancini that the team's poor first-half performance was due to his negative tactics. Mancini responded by telling Tevez he should not be questioning his manager in that manner.

Mancini is no stranger to disagreements. He had a disagreement with Tevez last season, and moved Craig Bellamy in August due to not liking the winger's attitude. Mancini also has had a row with Emmanuel Adebayor in recent weeks.

Here are more stories from Tuesday:

Alex sidelined three weeks

Chelsea defender Alex will be out three weeks with a thigh injury, ruling him out of Brazil's looming friendlies against Iran and Ukraine. Alex, who scored a wonder goal in Chelsea's 2-0 win against Arsenal over the weekend, was injured in the waning moments of the match.

Forlan not against move from Atletico

Diego Forlan is not against leaving Atletico Madrid as he has insisted he is not attached to the club. Having enjoyed a strong World Cup in which he was deemed player of the tournament, Forlan has issued a plea to big clubs throughout Europe to sign him. The 32-year-old admitted, however, that there are no offers for him currently.

Pires mulling over club future

Robert Pires' future is still up in the air.

Having been released in the summer by Villarreal, Pires is currently training with Arsenal as he mulls over his club future. The 36-year-old isn't likely to stick with the Gunners as reported interest has come from America, China and Turkey. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Pires will eventually return to France's top division, Ligue 1.

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What do you make of the Tevez-Mancini row? How will Chelsea cope without Alex? Think Forlan should stick with Atletico Madrid? Would you consider a Pires-to-MLS move attractive?

Share your thoughts below.

Comments

  1. When I read “row” I thought it meant the paparazzi caught them in a morning workout rowing down the Thames or something.

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  2. “used improperly at Man United.”

    He was there when Ruud Van Nistelrooy was there. When someone scores nearly five times as many goals as you do, it’s easy to see why they play him instead of you.

    Too bad they could never work out how to play together.

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  3. Row? Come and get me plea? This is starting to sound like a British tabloid more than an American soccer blog. Just bustin’ your eggs.

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  4. Robert Pires had his opportunity with Philly but deemed the city as “not beautiful enough” for his family. I wouldn’t be sorry to see him fizzle out and retire without signing on with another team.

    Let the Forlan to MLS rumors begin! LA? NY? Chicago? Seattle?

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  5. Hey, what is going on here?

    I never eat beans and toast. I only have blood pudding for breakfast. This man is an imposter.

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  6. Actually the question in “Marca” seemed to focus more on whether or not Forlan would return to England. Part of his response noted that under certain conditions he’d return but he did state that he wasn’t opposed to returning to England. Sounds like someone who learned his lesson from being used improperly at Man United.

    I wouldn’t rule out him playing in MLS but I think it would have to be a great situation for him.

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  7. Pires should come to Philly. We ave proper footy culture and play in a tough neighborhood which makes it more authentic! We care about our fans! We’re not corportae footy like the Red Bulls!

    I’m having beans on toast for lunch!

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