Spoof: Carlos Tevez apology sours after Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini enters him for Crufts
Carlos Tevez’s patched up relation with Manchester City is in tatters again after it emerged that Roberto Mancini had only allowed him back to the club in order to enter him at Crufts.
The Argentine’s inflammatory accusation that Roberto Mancini treated him “like a dog” took a new twist today as it emerged that the striker has been registered to compete at this year’s edition of the prestigious dog show.
A leaked video of Mancini and Tevez in training has racked up 200,000 hits in just two hours. The grainy footage shows Tevez in a local park on all fours wearing nothing but a baby blue dog collar.
Mancini is then seen rewarding Tevez for a successful fetch routine by feeding the 28-year-old beef chews. In response Tevez is seen licking his manager’s face with wild abandon and eventually turning on his back for tummy tickles.
Crufts chief executive Vincent Poodler confirmed that the international striker will be “the first Argentinean-Premier League crossbreed to compete since Juan Sebastian Veron entered back in 2002”.
Veron’s debut was marred by the midfielder’s fatal studs-up lunge on prized Norfolk Terrier, Snowflake.
Tevez’s agent Kia Joorabchian took a positive spin on the arrangement after carefully checking that his contract allowed him to take 15 per cent of dog show earnings.
He said: “Carlos is ready to compete at the Crufts Championships, for sure. We’ve given the club our full assistance – providing Mancini with Carlos’ favourite toy: a squeaky SpongeBob SquarePants. He’s lost without it.”
After Mancini initially responded to reporters that the rumours were “barking mad”, his stifled laughter eventually wound down and he admitted that he will be Tevez’s handler during the four-day event in March.
Mancini said: “This is a win-win situation for the club and player. The agility competition will get Carlos back up to match fitness, whilst the Best In Show trophy will allow me to illustrate his new-found obedience and parade him not just to the roaring NEC crowd, but to the watching world.
“It’s a great shop window for Carlos.”