Carlos Tevez has joked he would rather forfeit his Premiership salary than wear the Brazil shirt that his West Ham team-mates have lined up as a punishment for his recent indiscretions.

The Argentinian international was forced into a humbling apology after walking out of Saturday's 1-0 win over Sheffield United after being substituted, and is now paying the price at the training ground.

Hammers boss Alan Pardew left Tevez's punishment up to his team-mates at Upton Park, and, as well as making a charitable donation to Great Ormond Street Hospital, the London side asked the deadline day signing to don the shirt of his country's greatest rivals.

Despite playing in Brazil with Corinthians before moving to England, the forward remains a died-in-the-wool Argentinian and would much rather forfeit his substantial earnings that open himself up to ridicule in his home country.

"I think that my team-mates have gone crazy," laughed Tevez to Argentinian radio station Mitre. "I will never use Brazil's national team shirt.

"My team-mates have a great sense of humour and they have asked me to do that but they know that it will be impossible.

"I have respect for Brazil because I have played there but I would never use that shirt because I am Argentinian.

"Everyone has been laughing at me regarding the sanction and have been making jokes to me. They had three or four ideas and then they voted.

"The first idea was to give me a financial sanction, another one to gather all the balls after the training session but when the Brazilian shirt idea came up they all lifted their hands.

"[Javier] Mascherano has even made jokes to me saying that nobody was going to know about it.

"I can get all my salary discounted but I am never going to dress in Brazil's or River's shirts."

On a more serious note Tevez - who has failed to shine in the Premiership so far - also denied he is planning to return to his first club Boca Juniors in time for next year's Copa Libertadores.

"I would love to go back to Boca but it's impossible at this moment," Tevez added.

"I am in Europe for only four months. I am going to keep on working very hard to have a chance of playing more frequently.

"I am a person that likes to fight for everything until the end."


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Brazil pain for shirty Tevez

Carlos Tevez paid the ultimate price for his show of petulance last weekend when the Argentina striker was ordered to wear the shirt of arch-rivals Brazil in training for the next two weeks by his mischievous team-mates.

Tevez, capped 27 times by his country, was told he must turn out in yellow as part of his punishment for leaving Upton Park in a huff after being substituted against Sheffield United.

But the former star of Brazilian club Corinthians has taken it on the chin after facing team-mates at the training ground yesterday.

They came up with the shirt punishment over the weekend in addition to a fine.

While it may be the greatest humiliation for the Argentina striker, who apologised publicly on Monday, he has seen the funny side of it.

Letting team-mates agree Tevez's fate is also being hailed as a masterstroke.

Manager Alan Pardew told his players they should decide any punishment and although it will pain the striker to pull on the Brazil jersey each day, he hopes it will break down barriers between Tevez, compatriot Javier Mascherano and the rest of the squad.



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