Carlos Tevez 'will not break rules' over community service

Lawyers for Carlos Tevez are working to ensure "no rules are broken" after it was revealed he had community service to serve ahead of a move to Italy.

The striker signed for Juventus from Manchester City on Wednesday.

However, the BBC understands he has a substantial amount of the 250 hours of community service he received in April still to carry out.

Lawyer Gwyn Lewis said he would make sure "no rules and regulations" were broken by the footballer.

Tevez is due to join the Italian club for pre-season training in two weeks, but it is understood that the Argentine forward cannot complete his remaining community service before then.

Probation Service guidelines limit people to carrying out 40 hours community service per week.

In a statement, Mr Lewis, who works for Burton Copeland, said: "No rules or regulations have been broken and we are acting on behalf of Mr Tevez to ensure that this continues to be the case."

Mr Lewis's company website states he is known as Merlin the Magician by personnel at Manchester City because of his ability to make "many worrying cases disappear".

Image caption Tevez was given the community service order at Macclesfield Magistrates' Court in April

The 29-year-old player was banned from driving for six months, fined £1,000 and ordered to carry out 250 hours of community service in April after admitting driving while disqualified and without insurance.

Guidelines given to magistrates by the Sentencing Council allow for a number of options to be considered if a community service order is challenged, including "re-sentencing to a differently constructed community order in order to secure compliance with the purposes of the original sentence".

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