Tevez retracts Fergie apology as City risk 'bad sports' tag
City stars court controversy as Tevez attacks Ferguson and Nasri goads Arsenal
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."