Dropped off in his Porsche, Tevez kicks off community service with a cleaning job… before rowing with fan who took photo of him in hi-vis jacket
08:34 GMT, 8 April 2013
08:43 GMT, 8 April 2013
Carlos Tevez began his community service sentence in style – by arriving for his cleaning duties in a 100,000 Porsche.
The Manchester City forward was ordered to carry out 250 hours of unpaid work after he admitted driving while disqualified and without insurance.
But the 29-year-old, who donned a hi-vis jacket, failed to keep a low profile after rowing with a fan who took a photo of the Argentine.
On the field: Carlos Tevez trains ahead of the Manchester derby having started his community service
Tevez was chauffeur-driven to the site in Cheshire on Friday morning and he was soon informed that he would be cleaning a 30ft storage container owned by the Probation Service, according to The Sun.
It holds equipment including brushes, wheelbarrows, lawnmowers and spades and the City player, who also brought an interpreter, spent two hours carrying out his duties.
'Tevez was wearing a hi-vis orange jacket with Community Payback on
the back, plus a hat, black Community Payback issue boots, and grey joggers,' a source told The Sun.
'He took a fair bit out of the container — it looked like he had to take it
out to tidy it up.'
But his short stay turned sour when a fan tried to take a photo of Tevez, who took offence.
Bib of a different kind: Tevez wore a hi-vis vest as he started clearing out a 30ft unit
'He must have thought it was a great photo opportunity, but Tevez saw him
and stormed up to him saying, “Give me phone. Delete photo, delete photo,”' the source said.
'He must have said no because Tevez tried to reach for the phone to snatch it.
'But then the probation officer stepped in to defuse the situation. He was
asked to delete it so he did. He didn’t want to get anyone in trouble.'
Tevez, who is in the squad
to face Manchester United at Old Trafford tonight, soon put the row
behind him however as he took to the golf course on Saturday.
The 200,000-a-week Argentina forward
was caught by police on March 7 — after an anonymous tip-off — leaving a
Cheshire golf club behind the wheel of a Porsche Cayenne while already
No worries: Roberto Mancini is not concerned about Tevez being affected by his punishment
Passing sentence, chair of the bench
Elizabeth Depares told the defendant: ‘Mr Tevez, you must realise you
are a role model to thousands, if not millions, of fans but nobody is
above the law. You should not have been driving.’
When asked if the community service
was likely to cause a problem for City, boss Roberto Mancini said: 'I don't think so,
no. I didn't speak with him about this.
'I think that Carlos made a mistake and he will pay for this. But usually he has good behaviour.'
Another City player, Samir Nasri, was also been banned from driving last week.
Mancini does not think these incidents badly affect the image of the club.
He said: 'I don't think this. This is their private life. We can do nothing about this. This can happen sometimes.'