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Carlos Tevez explains why he never apologised for his ‘RIP Fergie’ sign

Carlos Tevez has never been one to shy away from controversy.

But even he turned a few heads when he said goodbye to Manchester United and joined bitter rivals Manchester City back in 2009.

At the time the Citizens were simply buying up the Premier League having not long been taken over by Sheikh Mansour, who has an estimated net worth of at least £17billion.

And the Tevez signing – as well as the infamous 'Welcome to Manchester' sign, showing the Argentine donned in City blue – was a real show of intent.

But Man City had to wait a few years before winning their very first Premier League title, which eventually came in 2012.

Tevez missed much of the season following an argument with manager Roberto Mancini about his alleged refusal to warm up for a Champions League match.

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Tevez subsequently froze himself out with Mancini vowing to never play the striker again before changing his mind and bringing him in for the title run.

The Argentine went on to feature in Man City's epic final-day win over QPR to clinch the title, and, of course, attended the club's trophy parade.

But it was during the parade that Tevez caused some controversy when he was pictured holding a sign aloft reading 'RIP Fergie'.

A schoolteacher told The Sun at the time: "He was leaning over the side of the bus, obviously trying to reach for this poster and begging the crowd to pass it to him.

"I didn't know what was on it at the time. I just saw that he was keen to get hold of it, so I grabbed the sign and shouted out 'Tevez' and he took it off me and smiled."

Manchester City were quick to apologise to United on behalf of Tevez for the stunt, admitting the sign was "tasteless material" and saying the striker had "made a significant error of judgement" in holding it aloft.

Tevez also spoke out about the incident, saying: "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."

United accepted the apology from City, with chief executive David Gill telling Sky Sports News: "I think it's right. The club acted pretty quickly.

"I think it was rather silly, frankly, in terms of what it said, but City acted with commendable speed. We move on and concentrate on other issues."

At this point it seemed as if it was all water under the bridge, but Tevez decided to speak out about the incident one last time; explaining why he never apologised for what he did.

"It seems like Ferguson is the President of England," Tevez told Spanish website Ole.

"Because every time he speaks badly of a player or when he always talked rubbish about me, I never went out to say he had to apologise. When you mess up you should go out and apologise, but I do not apologise."

Tevez went on to have one final season at City before leaving for Juventus.

He then moved back to Argentina, and spent a year at Boca Juniors before a brief stint with Shanghai Shenhua.

Today the 36-year-old is back at Bock Juniors, where he has been since 2018.

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