Wait, what? Carlos Tevez’ community service switched to $4,000 fine after Juventus move

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Extenuating circumstances, a long commute, creative issues… call it what you will. But Carlos Tevez has got away with this one.

Tevez was caught driving whilst banned and without insurance  and was given another driving ban, along with a hefty 250 hours of community service on April 3.

In order to pay his penance to the UK, the punishment was to work for free in and around Manchester. But with only 28 hours of his community service completed Tevez joined Juventus from City this summer, and he now lives in Turin.

And it seems as if the British legal system looks kindly upon such dilemmas, because today it has been reported that Tevez will pay a $4,000 fine and the whole case will be over.

So for a striker that earned $370,000 a week while playing for Manchester City, is $4,000 really going to make much difference?

Not at all.

His lawyer Gwyn Lewis said: “Events overtook his control and he was sold to Juventus which meant his work permit was no longer valid and he was unable to stay and complete the court order. He did nothing to affect this change.”

Look, I’m not lambasting Tevez, we all make mistakes. But when it comes to EPL players earning a reputation as being ‘above and beyond’ the law, you can see why some of the public look on soccer players disapprovingly. Especially in the UK.

(MORE: Tevez still owes community service, despite Juventus move)

How hard would it have been for Tevez to fly back every other Sunday and put on a soccer clinic for young children in Manchester, to help inspire them to play the game? Even that is special treatment, as people in Carlitos’ situation would usually just get to pick up garbage from the side of roads and give their time back to the community that way.

Yet the privilege of playing professional soccer has struck again. There was a loophole in the law and Tevez and his lawyers have found it. Well done.

But after breaking laws time and time again and just being handed a miserly fine, surely it is time for professional soccer players, especially in the EPL, to be held more accountable for their actions?

Tevez, John Terry, Joey Barton, Nile Ranger… the list goes on and on. Those are players who have broken laws and have probably been punished more leniently than your average Joe in the street.

Is it right or wrong? You decide. But after recent reports of players from League One side Crewe being arrested on sexual assault charges, former Newcastle striker Ranger being charged of rape in court and so many other unsavory incidents, this surely has to stop.

Whether they like it or not EPL players and professional soccer players are role models. On and off the field. I think it is about time more players embraced it. Plenty of players do and many give back so much to the community and young children.

But players like Tevez aren’t helping anyone out. Except for themselves.

Europa League Preview: Everton, Milan look to make group stage

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Everton look to make it back into the Europa League group stage for the first time since the 2014-2015 season and it has a two-goal advantage heading into the second leg of its tie.

Ronald Koeman and co. travel to Croatia to face Hadjuk Split Thursday having won the first leg at Goodison Park, 2-0. Everton is coming off a hard-fought draw on Monday with Manchester City and will be on short rest heading into the match.

Elsewhere in Europa League action, AC Milan take its 6-0 aggregate lead to Skopje, Macedonia as the legendary club looks to return to the group stage of a European competition for the first time since 2013-2014.

Here’s a look at all of Thursday’s Europa League matches, with the current aggregate scores:

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EFL Cup Rewind: Southampton, Newcastle knocked out by Championship sides

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Last season, Southampton made it to the EFL Cup final. This year, it’s a different story.

The Saints were bounced by Wolverhampton Wanderers, 2-0 at home on Wednesday in the second round of the cup. Joining Southampton of Premier League sides going home early was Newcastle, which lost 3-2 after extra time at home against Nottingham Forest.

Four other Premier League sides did advance to the third round, as Stoke City, Huddersfield Town, West Ham United and Burnley all won their fixtures.

Here’s a look at the rest of Wednesday’s EFL Cup action:

Blackburn 0-2 Burnley

Cheltenham 0-2 West Ham

Huddersfield 2-1 Rotherham

Newcastle 2-3 Nottingham Forest

Southampton 0-2 Wolverhampton

Stoke City 4-0 Rochdale

Breaking down who each Premier League team could face in the UCL Group Stage

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The UEFA Champions League group stage lineup is complete, with five Premier League clubs making the list.

On Wednesday, Liverpool joined Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City and Manchester United in the group stage after beating Hoffenheim, 6-3 on aggregate in the playoff qualification round.

Thursday’s Champions League draw (2 p.m. ET) will place clubs into groups of four, where they’ll play three matches at home and away.

Here’s a look at the four coefficient pots and who each Premier League club could face:

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Follow Live – Texas Derby, Cascadia Cup headline busy night of MLS action

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Welcome to MLS Rivalry Week.

The surging Houston Dynamo could move to first place in the Western Conference with a win over rivals FC Dallas while the current first-place side, the Seattle Sounders travel north and across the border to face Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

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The Dynamo have made an impressive turnaround under coach Wilmer Cabrera and he’ll have the trio of Ricardo Clark, Alberth Elis and star forward Erick Torres available to face Dallas after missing the Dynamo’s match at Vancouver last weekend, which ended 2-1 in favor of the Whitecaps.

FC Dallas are in its worst form of the season, winless in its last four games, but the team will be extra motivated to beat its rivals.

El Capitan is on the line after draws between FC Dallas and the Dynamo in two matches earlier this season.

Meanwhile up in Vancouver, the Whitecaps host a Sounders squad that pulled out a last-gasp victory last weekend over Minnesota United. While the team is in great form on the road recently (two wins and two draws), the top story heading into the game is the unexpected absence of Joevin Jones, who left the Sounders for his home in Trinidad and Tobago ahead of the upcoming international break.

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On the other side, Fredy Montero faces his former club and carries an interesting record into Wednesday’s match. Of his 35 MLS goals, 11 have been scored against Cascadia Cup competition.

Here’s a look at Wednesday’s action:

Full schedule

Columbus Crew vs. LA Galaxy – 7:30 p.m. ET

D.C. United vs. Atlanta United – 7:30 p.m.ET

FC Dallas vs. Houston Dynamo – 8 p.m. ET

Toronto FC vs. Philadelphia Union – 8 p.m. ET

Real Salt Lake vs. San Jose Earthquakes – 10 p.m. ET

Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Seattle Sounders – 10 p.m. ET

Portland Timbers vs. Colorado Rapids – 10:30 p.m. ET