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City sorry for Tevez gaffe

2012-05-15 10:08

Manchester - Manchester City has apologised to Alex Ferguson after Carlos Tevez held up a placard taunting the Manchester United manager during the club's Premier League trophy parade.

VIDEO: Carlos Tevez disses Fergie

Tevez held a sign with the text "R.I.P. Fergie" high over his head while aboard City's open-top bus, which traveled by 100 000 fans in Manchester on Monday.

Tevez left United to make the rare move across Manchester to City in 2009 after being unhappy at his lack of playing time under Ferguson.

City said in a statement that "the creation of the tasteless material is in itself reprehensible and in accepting and brandishing it, Carlos has made a significant error of judgment."

City added that it "wishes to express its sincerest apologies to Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United Football Club for any offense or distress caused."

Tevez left United to make the rare move across Manchester to City in 2009 after being unhappy at his lack of playing time under Ferguson.

"I got carried away in the excitement of the moment and I certainly didn't mean any disrespect to Sir Alex Ferguson, who I admire as a man and a manager," Tevez said.

The incident comes at the end of a season full of turmoil for Tevez, who spent several months in Argentina during a dispute with City which cost him more than $15 million in fines and lost earnings.

City beat United to the title on goal difference on Sunday after scoring twice in stoppage time to beat Queens Park Rangers 3-2.

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Comments
  • Lu - 2012-05-15 10:26

    This is absolute childish from Tevez and once again it shows how ill disciplined and immature he is.

      Gunner - 2012-05-15 10:37

      Just a bit of banter...It was not meant to be taken literally.Anyway Tevez apologised, so get off your high horse....

      Gunner - 2012-05-15 10:37

      Just a bit of banter...It was not meant to be taken literally.Anyway Tevez apologised, so get off your high horse....

      Jono - 2012-05-15 12:14

      Ya and its fine for Fergie to say that City is 100 years away from what they are. so who dissed who first? in every joke there is a bit of truth in it!

      Jono - 2012-05-15 12:14

      Ya and its fine for Fergie to say that City is 100 years away from what they are. so who dissed who first? in every joke there is a bit of truth in it!

  • zaakiro - 2012-05-15 10:37

    For those neutrals & if there is any City fans who see this as unnecessary to apologies for, a little explanation. Like any sport, there should always be a certain level of respect, especially from the players, as teams have little control over their supporters more now than ever in an age where technology allows for such quick transfer of ideas an messages. So the management & players are the key to controlling such situation and hoping to influence such respect too their fans. Sounds easier than it is, but the argument is no matter what happens on the pitch, no matter how hard the fight or the game, once two boxers walk out of the ring they need to shake hands an the looser needs to congratulate the winner. That's sports, people ask why do they still continue with the hand-shake before the game, well while there is so much competition and heat amongst players, respect for each other, for the game and for the people that come out to support you is the most important. Typical examples, Cantona's kung-fu kick was a disgrace to the players and the club, Balotelli's behavior time an time again has been pathetic, Joey Barton's weekend performance punching and kicking players again appalling. These players have a right to their fans to showcase the best possible attitude. In the same light, Tevez should know better, despite having some issue with Sir Alex and regardless of been a former player - Respect for the game, Respect for the Man....

      Gunner - 2012-05-15 10:40

      Yawn.....

      Gunner - 2012-05-15 10:40

      Yawn.....

      Gershwin - 2012-05-15 11:40

      I like where u say if there is any City fans, cause I swear there were so many on the weekend just like when Chelsea won the league there were so many Chelsea supporters and yet we know they all Liverpool and Arsenal supporters taking a shot against Man U but look where they are always having the most to say.

      Gershwin - 2012-05-15 11:40

      I like where u say if there is any City fans, cause I swear there were so many on the weekend just like when Chelsea won the league there were so many Chelsea supporters and yet we know they all Liverpool and Arsenal supporters taking a shot against Man U but look where they are always having the most to say.

  • Staal - 2012-05-15 10:46

    This is not the first and won't be the last gaffe by Tevez. That sign doesn't look as if it was hastily prepared "in the excitement of the moment". Not only is Tevez devoid of any decent principles, as shown by his behaviour at the English Premiership clubs he has represented in the past, including Manchester City, he is also shown up as a liar. He certainly is a talented footballer, but what lies before him when his footballing days are over? I suggest he thinks long and hard about that!

      mihawkins1 - 2012-05-15 16:18

      Everybody's being too harsh and critical of Tevez, in the end we all human some make more mistakes than others but the point is, no one is perfect! Sometimes you do things you can't explain yourself, but ultimately where there's smoke there's a fire. Do you think everything he's done is just on impulse..i think not, we won't ever know the whole true story but both Mancini and Ferguson is just as much to be blamed for what transpired, hence Mancini is doing a sudden U-turn and accepting him back, if Tevez just went crazy and did what he did without any reason, provocation i would send him to hell and never take him back, no matter how good he is. Some food for thought, stop jumping on the bandwagon and stone the poor guy, every little thing he does will now be scrutinized, himself to blame admittedly.. but tired of all you self-righteous saints commenting and acting all goodie two shoes

  • Schalk - 2012-05-15 10:57

    This is hilarious and i would’ve probably done the same if i played for any team that just dethroned Man Utd...

  • lee.venter - 2012-05-15 10:58

    This article must have been written by DSTV as they repeated paragraph 2 word for word in paragraph five...

  • Meshack Letswalo - 2012-05-15 11:02

    So what, Fergie always calls City names all the time. Remember "noisy neighbours". They mustn't apologise at all.

  • Gavin - 2012-05-15 11:05

    Some of the comments below (Gunner et al) show the total lack of class in world football these days! From the antics of players: diving, feigning injury, thuggish on & off the field; to the supporters: thuggish to the extreme, in many cases. And for the amount of money that spins around football, it still can't buy class!

  • Paul - 2012-05-15 11:06

    Tevez is a scumbag that's why he can't fit in at any club !

  • revaro.winkler - 2012-05-15 11:25

    thats when someone is just making a joke and the club apologise you refering to the man as a god

  • Lucky Prince Masoeu - 2012-05-15 11:31

    Teves's statement is yet to be proved wrong. If City or other teams keep winning the EPL at the expense of United, he will be forced to bow out of the game. In that case it would definitely be R.I.P for him Fergie.

  • Lucky Prince Masoeu - 2012-05-15 12:11

    At the moment it definitely looks like Tevez made the right move. He was leading goal scorer last season. After being away for months he came back to score more goals and help City lift the EPL after 44 long years. Fergie must really be eating humble pie right now. 2 seasons ago Tevez scored 23 goals. Last season he was top scorer in the EPL. Now he is a Champion and Fergie has not won anything this season because of City. Go figure!

      Sholan - 2012-05-15 15:24

      Fail! last seasons top scorer was not Tevez. And UTD won the EPL for the last few years...so not sure what your comment " If City or other teams keep winning the EPL at the expense of United", actually means... And UTD did not win anything because they lost to better teams in all the cup comps they played, only bit of pressure City placed on UTD was in the EPL....

      Gerald - 2012-05-16 11:39

      Lucky are you completely stupid. Urd have won silverware this season. I will let you figure it out. Just to put you in your place Utd have won more League titles than City have won trophies in their history Utd 19 League Titles City 14 trophies

  • Lucky Prince Masoeu - 2012-05-15 12:18

    The only reason for Fergie to be upset over this is if he really fears that his career might be over sooner than expected. Could it really be almost game over for Fergie?

  • tracer1717 - 2012-05-15 13:55

    You have to hand it to the city fans though, give them something. They haven't known success like this since they were all Chelsea fans......

  • tracer1717 - 2012-05-15 13:55

    You have to hand it to the city fans though, give them something. They haven't known success like this since they were all Chelsea fans......

  • ronnie.kobe - 2012-05-15 15:08

    That awkward moment when Tevez is your dad...

  • Jody - 2012-05-15 15:24

    What fun, keep going Carlos. Yes it is fun, not like he is going to kill him. Cmon SA LOL.

      Gerald - 2012-05-16 11:41

      Jody Then why has the epl charged Tosser Teves and why was City so quick to apologise because both them and Tevez is in trouble BIG trouble with EPL

  • Clive - 2012-05-18 05:18

    get over it Tevez is right time to retire at least the average number of penalties given will drop

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