In a shocking turn of events following Carlos Tevez's alleged refusal to play for Manchester City in a Champions League match against Bayern Munich, FIFA Vice-President Jim Boyce has stated that the governing body would gladly consider banning Carlos Tevez from football altogether.
Following the match, City boss Roberto Mancini launched into a frustration-driven tirade over the striker, alleging that Tevez "just refused to go on" as a sub in the club's 2-0 Champions League defeat.
Mancini obviously took the incident to be an affront to his authority within the organization, asking: "Would something like this happen at Bayern Munich, AC Milan or Manchester United?"
All across England, criticisms of Tevez have reverberated throughout the EPL, with several high-profile managers publicly announcing their support of Mancini's point of view, including Tottenham's Harry Redknapp, who stated: "I felt sorry for Roberto Mancini to be put in that situation. It wasn't fair. It wasn't right."
And now one high-profile official in football's governing body has announced that he agrees.
FIFA Vice-President Jim Boyce announced his opinion today that Manchester City should immediately terminate Tevez's contract over the incident, saying:
"If he has done what has been said, and it appears there is no doubt about it—no matter what has been said this morning—then I think his club would be better off with him not being part of it.""
Boyce added that he would fully support a move to see Tevez banned from the sport altogether, provided City can provide sufficient proof of the dissent. The justification for his position on that matter is derived from Boyce's view that, should City terminate his contract over the breach of terms, "I don't think it would be right if he could go and earn a considerable amount of money somewhere else next week."
Boyce's official comments were as follows:
"If Manchester City Football Club prove it, write to FIFA and state the exact circumstances that happened last night then I believe FIFA should have the power, as they do for drugs-related cases and other cases, to ban the player from taking an active part in football. I would have no problem with that whatsoever."
Boyce also noted that no player has been banned for such conduct in the past, but the behavior displayed by Tevez is a bit of an unprecedented issue in itself. Understandably, FIFA would like to avoid seeing these measures taken by other players in the future, and have little difficulty accepting the idea of making an example out of Carlos Tevez to show that it will not be tolerated.
"If Carlos Tevez does it, who's to say someone else doing it the next week or the week after?" Boyce explained. "It could become a massive problem."
At the very least, Boyce insisted, this incident should be a launching point for FIFA to discuss the impacts of this sort of behavior on the game.
At the most, FIFA could very well make Tevez "finished" after all, as all of the morning headlines indicated.