Mancini orders Tevez to return after star goes AWOLRoberto Mancini has ordered Carlos Tevez to return to England after the Manchester City striker went AWOL in Argentina.
City badly missed Tevez as their hopes of securing fourth spot suffered a blow in their drab stalemate with fellow Champions League hopefuls Liverpool.
Tevez was granted compassionate leave by City after his partner gave birth prematurely to the couple's second daughter back in Buenos Aires.
But having missed City's last three games, boss Mancini is losing patience with his star striker and has demanded he return to England immediately.
City face a huge week, with an FA Cup replay at Stoke on Wednesday followed by a trip to Premier League leaders Chelsea the following Saturday.
"Carlos is still in Argentina and this is a big, big problem for us because we have an important week coming up," said Mancini.
"We don't enough depth in our squad, so for me this situation is not good. Carlos went home eight days ago and I don't know what's happening.
"I have have ordered him to come back and I hope that in the next few days he can come back. I hope he is on the plane.
"He's had some problems with his family, but now they are resolved I hope he returns. I need him."
Sources close to Tevez said last night that he had made no travel plans to return and would remain in Argentina as long as his daughter, Katie, was still in intensive care.
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez admitted the goalless draw gave neither team an advantage in the race for the final Champions League spot.
"It was a difficult game for both sides and we just had to try to keep going to the end," said Benitez.
"Both teams defended well, both were well organised. But this was not a good result for either side.
"It is not just ourselves and City going for fourth place. Tottenham and Aston Villa are also in there."
Ronaldo offers help in Madeira crisis
Cristiano Ronaldo is ready to help "in whatever possible way" following the storm on the Portuguese island of Madeira.
At least 42 people have been killed by floods and mudslides that devastated the holiday archipelago, where Real Madrid forward Ronaldo was born.
The 24-year-old, who moved to the Bernabeu from Manchester United in a world record £80million deal last summer, scored a brilliant free-kick opener in last night's 6-2 defeat of Villarreal, which he dedicated to the victims of the disaster.
"Nobody can be indifferent to such a tragedy, especially me," said Ronaldo on Real Madrid's official website, www.realmadrid.com.
"I was born and raised on the island. It's given me so much. This is why I want to make myself available to help in whatever possible way.
"I would like to help official bodies and organisations to minimise the effects of this great tragedy and to get over them as soon as possible."
Ronaldo has made himself available to play in a benefit match for the victims of the disaster between Portuguese champions Porto and a joint team from Madeira-based clubs Maritimo and Nacional.
Porto coach Jesualdo Ferreira said: "Porto want to express their condolences for all that has happened and, as a club, do everything necessary to help Madeira."
No date has yet been set for the match.
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A little ditty bout footballers
Manchester United and Liverpool fans could take the unprecedented step of joining forces during next month's Premier League clash between the two giants at Old Trafford.
Liverpool fans have publicly expressed their dismay at the ownership of American pair Tom Hicks and George Gillett at Anfield. Meanwhile, Manchester United supporters have created the well-publicized 'green and gold' campaign which has put pressure on the US owners at Old Trafford, the Glazer family.
Liverpool and Manchester United have enjoyed a bitter rivalry going back decades and a semblance of unity between the two sets of supporters would be a major statement.
According to the Manchester Evening News, any joint protest would take place inside the ground with supporters of both clubs encouraged to join in chants and display banners sympathetic to each other's cause.
One source described the plans as "ground breaking."
He said, "There have been talks and certain groups from both sides are up for it.
"It just shows what state football in this country is in when two of its biggest rivals are talking about joining together."
The same source also told the Manchester Evening News that cooperation between the two sets of fans was still far from sure, that "It's a massively sensitive issue and whether it will happen at this match, I don't know."
I doubt this will happen. If it did though it would be legendary. I know the rivalry is fierce but could you imagine the thoughts of both owners if they saw two teams of one of the biggest rivalries in the world unite?