Tevez retracts Fergie apology as City risk 'bad sports' tag

City stars court controversy as Tevez attacks Ferguson and Nasri goads Arsenal

LAST UPDATED AT 10:58 ON Thu 17 May 2012

CARLOS TEVEZ really can't help himself. The walking PR disaster managed to reopen the row over his 'RIP Fergie' banner just hours after Manchester City's embarrassed apology was accepted by their local neighbours, United, and both sides declared a wish to move on.

But no sooner had he stepped off the plane, after a gruelling three months in Manchester following a six month strike, than Tevez was insisting that he had no intention of apologising to his former manager.

"It seems Ferguson is the president of England," he told reporters. "Every time he speaks about a player, and he said terrible things about me, nobody says that he has to apologize. But when you make a joke about him you have to say sorry. I do not apologize."

That comment does not tally with his official stance after the parade. According to City, Tevez was wracked with guilt after realising that he was waving around a mock gravestone and 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."

The row has taken some of the sheen off City's first title in 44 years, which was secured in dramatic fashion on Sunday.

And City are in danger of being branded bad sports after former Arsenal star Samir Nasri goaded the Gunners and took a dig at his former club earlier in the week, infuriating Jack Wilshere in the process.

Nasri told French TV: "I hope [Arsenal] watched me collect my Premier League winner's medal. I believe they have not won a trophy for many years now.

"I now hope the Arsenal fans can get on with their lives and forget me, they should celebrate their third-place achievement and I will focus on winning titles."

That prompted Wilshere to warn Nasri that he would be gunning for him next season. "I don't know what goes on in his head," he said. "Maybe he spoke too soon and hopefully we can rub his face in it next year." · 

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City haters are out again I see..  Tevez is absolutely right not to appologise, as it was just a bit of banter.  I guess the rags are not just a little sore after losing to City!  As for the Nasri comments, why don't you comment on all the cr*p other players post on twitter?  Rooney and Ferdinand comes to mind... 

Feck off City haters, I support Tevez and support the R.I.P Fergy sign.

I say we should make it a TShirt and Banner at the Etihad.

QUALITY!

Infact I'm going to make it a TShirt and a support it on my blog.

Tata haters!

Bad Sports??? I thought that was the United and Arsenal fans who have been giving our players and club abuse for the last 12 months.
Oh and add the order in as well who can't help linking us to hundreds of players as well as trying to destabilise our club at every junction!
We are champions and here to stay!

Regardless of the rights and wrongs of the banner, Tevez comments on his return to Argentina are spot on.  It is seemingly ok for the untouchable Alex to bad mouth others but when they snap back he doesn't like it. 

In any event, the poster is not meant aboslutley, it refers to Ferguson and his comments that Man City would not win the Premiership in his lifetime.

I still do not understand how the R I P Fergie was offensive. Surely the sign was made within the context of the EPL. Tevez has a point. However, if Mancini is managing MC next year, then Fergie or someone else will be doing the City parade, not Mancini's team.

May some one carry a placard of your dads' obituary while he is still alive, that's if u are not a bastard.

With all the money City spent the could not garner more points than United, and u faggots are making noise, noisy neighbours.

you man city tramps are a joke and tevez dont apologise because he so dumb he probably dont know what it means the ugly litttle monkey..ill put another nsitch scar on your burned up neck you no pussy having little wop

It was banter. Only a bunch of chavvy types would think twice. Such is football.

DICK HEAD

I think you will find fergy said  city would not be dominent in is life time. Considering is age  i think he will be proved right considering city spent £488.7 million under the present owner shiek mansour and could only win it on goal differance.Next season will be harder for them and even more so now some of the players have upset ex team mates

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