Manchester City's Carlos Tevez issues apology for brandishing 'RIP Fergie' banner at victory parade
CARLOS Tevez has apologised to Sir Alex Ferguson after holding up a banner at Manchester City's Premier League victory parade which read "RIP Fergie".
Tevez was pictured on Monday waving the banner during celebrations for City's first title since 1968, having been handed it by a City fan as the squad travelled the streets of Manchester with the Premier League trophy.
The message on the banner is believed to refer to a quote made by Ferguson prior to a derby game in 2009 when, after being asked if he ever saw a time when his team would be underdogs against City, he replied: "Not in my lifetime".
Tevez, who played for Ferguson for two years before leaving for City in 2009, said: "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."
Manchester City also moved to defuse the situation, with a spokesman apologising on behalf of the club.
"The creation of the tasteless material is in itself reprehensible and in accepting and brandishing it, Carlos has made a significant error of judgment," said the spokesman.
"The club wishes to express its sincerest apologies to Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United Football Club for any offence or distress caused."
United did not respond when asked about the banner last night, but speaking at the club’s player-of-the-year dinner at Old Trafford, where Antonio Valencia took the top honour, Ferguson hit out at City by insisting the club would not attempt to compete with the "stupid" money being paid out by their Abu Dhabi-owned neighbours.
"We know that City are going to spend fortunes, pay stupid money, silly salaries and all that." Ferguson said. "We know that happens. We can’t do anything about that. We concentrate on what we can do to try to bring players in for the right reasons. If you are good at something, don’t mend it."