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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His lawyer Gwyn Lewis said: “Events overtook his control and he was sold to Juventus which meant his work permit was no longer valid and he was unable to stay and complete the court order.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.

Viktoria Plzen set to sign midfielder Andreas Ivanschitz

Obafemi Martins, Oniel Fisher, Andreas Ivanschitz
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PRAGUE (AP) Czech champion Viktoria Plzen is close to signing Austrian midfielder Andreas Ivanschitz.

Plzen says Ivanschitz agreed terms for a contract lasting 1 + seasons and will sign it when the team returns from a training camp in Spain. Ivanschitz has already joined the squad at the Oliva Nova resort, the club says.

Ivanschitz helped the Seattle Sounders win their first MLS Cup in December.

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No financial details were given.

The 33-year-old Ivanschitz also played for Rapid Vienna and Red Bull Salzburg in Austria, Mainz in the Bundesliga, Levante in Spain and Panathinaikos in Athens.

Ivanschitz played 69 games for Austria in 2003-14, scoring 12 goals.

FIFA allows Matip to represent Liverpool during AFCON

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 29: Joel Matip of Liverpool heads to score his team's third goal during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool at Selhurst Park on October 29, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
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Joel Matip is going to get to play for Liverpool during AFCON after all.

The center back had turned down the chance to represent Cameroon at the Africa Cup of Nations, and Liverpool was forced to apply to FIFA for a waiver.

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Matip suffered an ankle injury in December, adding to his desire to stay at Anfield. He declared himself internationally retired and was one of six Cameroon players who refused call-ups for AFCON.

He last played for the Reds on Dec. 11, and can be selected by Jurgen Klopp against Swansea City on Saturday.

Man United captain Rooney raises $1.5m from charity game

FILE - A Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 file photo of Manchester United's Wayne Rooney leaving the field after the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England. Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney says he raised 1.2 million pounds ($1.5 million) for charity from a friendly game against former club Everton last year. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)
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MANCHESTER, England (AP) Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney says he raised 1.2 million pounds ($1.5 million) from a friendly game against former club Everton last year.

That represents the profits, after operational costs, from August’s sellout match at Old Trafford and goes toward the Wayne Rooney Foundation’s target of raising 5 million pounds for children’s charities.

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Rooney said: “I’d like to thank all the fans who came to the testimonial and made it such a special night. They’ve raised a huge amount of money for children who are disadvantaged and it will make a real difference to their lives.”

Rooney is one goal from breaking Manchester United’s scoring record, with the striker currently tied with Bobby Charlton on 249 goals.

Rooney joined United from Everton in 2004.

WATCH: Lewandowski’s juggling stoppage time winner

Bayern's Robert Lewandowski celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the German soccer Bundesliga match between SC Freiburg and FC Bayern Munich in Freiburg, Germany, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (Patrick Seeger/dpa via AP)
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Robert Lewandowski picked up where he left off.

The Polish striker scored twice for Bayern Munich, once in stoppage time, as the Bavarians improved their Bundesliga lead to six points after toppling Freiburg 2-1 on Friday.

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And what a winner it was, Lewandowski taking a Douglas Costa cross with two juggling touches before hitting an offspeed bouncer inside the post.

It was the league’s first match following the winter/holiday break, giving Bayern a cushion before RB Leipzig takes the pitch against Eintracht Frankfurt in a Top Five tilt on Saturday.

Lewandowski moves closer to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the goal scoring chart. His 13th and 14th goals have him two back of Borussia Dortmund’s striker, as Lewandowski pursues a third Golden Boot in four seasons.

Full Weekend Schedule
Freiburg 1-2 Bayern Munich — Friday
Augsburg vs. Hoffenheim — Saturday
Schalke vs. Ingolstadt — Saturday
Darmstadt vs. Borussia Monchengladbach — Saturday
Werder Bremen vs. Borussia Dortmund — Saturday
Wolfsburg vs. Hamburger SV — Saturday
RB Leipzig vs. Eintracht Frankfurt — Saturday
Bayer Leverkusen vs. Hertha Berlin — Sunday
Mainz vs. Koln — Sunday