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Tevez apologizes to West Ham for Saturday walkout

AFP , LONDON

West Ham United's Carlos Tevez in action against Sheffield United during their English Premiership League match at Upton Park, London, on Saturday.

PHOTO: AP

Carlos Tevez has apologized to West Ham for leaving Upton Park in response to his substitution during Saturday's 1-0 Premiership victory over Sheffield United.

Argentina striker Tevez was replaced by veteran ex-England international Teddy Sheringham in the 67th minute of the match at West Ham's east London home and reacted by storming down the tunnel and leaving the ground before the final whistle.

Hammers boss Alan Pardew was angered by Tevez's conduct and the player responded on Monday by apologizing to his manager and his teammates during training.

"I would just like to say that I left the ground in anger on Saturday," Tevez said. "It was a spur-of-the-moment decision, which I regretted almost straightaway. I know I did wrong in going and I have made it clear to the manager and my teammates that I in no way meant to disrespect them."

Pardew has accepted the apology and will allow Tevez's teammates to decide on the size of his fine.

"Carlos reported as normal for training this morning and offered his apologies," Pardew said. "He assured me there was no disrespect intended on his behalf to the players, fans or me. He knows he made the incorrect decision in leaving and has decided he would like the players to vote on how much his fine should be and that it should go to the Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital [in London]."

"The players will be given the chance to offer opinions [Tuesday] morning," Pardew added.

Tevez has been unimpressive since moving to Upton Park in August, the 22-year-old yet to score in 10 appearances for the Hammers, and looks set to leave the club when the transfer window reopens in January.

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