Manchester City's controversial Argentinean striker, Carlos Tevez, has reportedly (and finally!) apologised for his poor conduct during the club's Champions League match away to Bayern Munich.
In what has now become one of contemporary English football's most documented cases of player revolt, Tevez refused his manager Roberto Mancini's instructions to begin warming-up prior to coming on as a second-half substitute against Bayern.
Mancini, who immediately declared that Tevez would no longer play for the club unless he first apologised was subsequently backed up, in full, by the club, who instituted a series of disciplinary measures against the player, including banning him from all football and freezing his wages.
An incensed Tevez then left for Argentina, without permission, where he was photographed playing golf on numerous occasions, seemingly without care.
There was much argument, name-calling and love lost between the two parties over all of this. This included a stubborn stand taken by the club, during the recent January transfer window, where they held out for what they felt was fair value for the player when approached with transfer requests from Paris St. Germain and AC Milan.
There seemed to be a thaw in relationships, when Mancini admitted that he would like to be able to call on the player's services, as the club fights for trophies on multiple fronts. Tevez was recalled from Argentina and everything seemed to be working out... until it transpired that just before he left home, the player, in a Fox Latin America interview, said Mancini had "treated him like a dog".
Now, however, in a statement released by the club on Tuesday night, Tevez has reportedly said: "I wish to apologise sincerely and unreservedly to everybody I have let down and to whom my actions over the last few months have caused offence. My wish is to concentrate on playing football for Manchester City Football Club.''
Carlos Tevez is now back in Manchester and has been given a personalised fitness programme, as he looks to get back to full fitness, ahead of the club's home game against Blackburn on Feb. 25. He will be unable to play in the game before that - the second leg of the Europa League game against Porto, having been de-registered for that tournament.
Meanwhile, a statement issued by Manchester City reads: Carlos Tevez has today apologised to all concerned for his recent conduct. Carlos returned to the football club last Tuesday, following a three-month absence from duties, without permission. Carlos has also withdrawn his appeal against the club's finding of gross misconduct which was due to be heard by a Premier League panel in the coming days. He has since begun a training programme designed to return him to optimum fitness."
The big question... how long will this truce last?