Tevez ticked off for tasteless banner

Carlos Tevez has inflicted more embarrassment on Manchester City, during the club’s bus top tour of the city to celebrate their Premier League title win. Tevez brandished a banner with the message "RIP Fergie" that had been handed him by a fan. It was supposedly a reference to Sir Alex Ferguson’s claim that City would never outstrip United in his lifetime.

The club was quick to rebuke the Argentinian. "The creation of the tasteless material is in itself reprehensible," the club’s spokeswoman said, "and in accepting and brandishing it, Carlos has made a significant error of judgment. The club wishes to express its sincerest apologies to Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United Football Club for any offence or distress caused."

Tevez, a former Manchester United player, issued his own apology. "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 has been both hero and villain to the City fans this season. His sustained sulk after falling out with manager Roberto Mancini seemed to have ended his City career. When Mancini recalled him towards the end of the season Tevez responded with some match-winning performances that helped City overhaul United and claim the title.

When the celebrations die down it will be time for the player and the manager to consider Tevez’s future. The latest gaffe suggests it might involve a move away from Manchester. City are already interested in Arsenal’s Robin Van Persie as a possible replacement.

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