CARLOS Tevez stands alone against an overwhelming tide of opposition from fellow players, Premier League managers and now FIFA.
But the question everybody is asking is whether any sanction can be imposed which will stop what is now a serious threat of player-power anarchy.
"People within the clubs and within the top level of FIFA have to consider that if Carlos Tevez does it, who's to stop someone else doing it the next week or the week after?" said FIFA Vice-President Jim Boyce.
Tevez has been suspended for two weeks pending an investigation into events in Munich.
"I believe FIFA should have the power to ban the player from taking an active part in football," claimed Boyce.
"If he has done what has been said, then I think his club would be better off without him."
"If Manchester City prove it, write to FIFA and state the exact circumstances, I would have no problem with that whatsoever. It hasn't occurred before but I think what happened was despicable."
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