It’s Only a Game?

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Editor: “Andrew, I want you to go and interview a wee woman in Creggan who has lost her dog.”

Me: “You’ve a better chance of finding Shergar and Lord Lucan in the boot of your car than you have of me doing that.”

Editor: “Clear your desk - you’re fired.”

The aforementioned fictitious scenerio is exactly what would happen if you or I refused to do something requested of us in the workplace. If it’s a task that we’re expected to carry out then we can have no argument. If you or I told our boss to get stuffed and refused to do what he or she asked we would be handed our P45 quicker than you can say “ay, dios mio”.

Carlos Tevez refused to come on as substitute for Manchester City against Bayern Munich in the Champions League during the week. For that reason he should be banned from ever playing football again.

Now, let me get one thing clear, and sorry to shock you all but I don’t earn £180,000 per week and I am quite OK with the rain but Tevez seems to think that just because he may suffer from mild Ombrophobia (fear of rain or of being rained on) it gives him the right to treat people around him like dirt.

Tevez is right at home in a pram but he’s more comfortable when he’s throwing his dummy out of it. He’s no stranger to controversy and since moving to play his football in England with West Ham United he has proceeded to antagonise every member of the human race he comes into contact with.

I don’t claim to know Tevez personally and I’m sure he can be quite pleasant when he wants to be but the fact remains that his behaviour in the world of football over the last few years has made him out a greedy, petulant and selfish individual.

I am no fan of the ‘buy every player going’ philosophy at Manchester City and I am not manager Roberto Mancini’s number one fan but when your boss tells you do something you do it.

What makes Tevez so special? Does he really think that just because he’s a highly paid footballer it gives him carte blanche to whatever he wants? Well, it looks that way doesn’t it?

I’ve always been suspicous of Tevez. He’s the type of player who would kiss the badge one week and then a few days later he’s signed for a rival team.

I can’t stand seeing these highly paid entertainers (and that’s what footballers are, entertainers) run roughshod over whoever they want. Tevez is just a footballer. He’s not a doctor who can save people’s lives, he’s not a charity worker making a difference in a famine stricken country, he’s a person who happens to be quite good at kicking a round leather orb around a rectangler field.

Tevez believes his own hype and as a result he suffers from delusions of grandeur. Newsflash Tevez, you’re nothing more than an overpaid idiot with distorted self-worth.

It’s easy to simplify the disparity between the Everyman and overpaid “celebrities” but just because it’s easy doesn’t mean that it’s not a point worth making.

The reason it’s so easy to have a go at people like Tevez is prescisely because of people like Tevez.

Surprisingly former Manchester United team-mate Paul Scholes said that he understood why Tevez. The former England international said that the reason Tevez refused to come on was because he was frustrated at being left on the bench.

I can sympathise with someone when they feel that they are being overlooked but Tevez doesn’t do himself any favours by saying that he hates Manchester because it “always rains”. He’s not exactly the type of player who evokes ideas of loyalty so perhaps that’s why he was left on the bench and for that reason his refusal to come on as a substitute cannot be justified.

Personally I’d love to see Tevez sacked, who’d have him? Manchester City have suspended him for two weeks without pay and no doubt the story will develop over the coming weeks and days but one thing’s for sure he’s lost the support of his manager, a few team mates and most importantly the fans. Be careful what you wish for because it might just come true.