Carlos Tevez sparked anger after he was filmed holding aloft a poster with the words “R.I.P Fergie” on the Manchester City trophy parade yesterday evening.
Live footage on Sky Sports News appeared to show the ex-Manchester United player smiling as he brandished the poster when the bus passed the Printworks. The home-made poster showed a sketched tombstone with the words ‘RI.P. Fergie’ written on them.
City pipped United to the league title last Sunday with an injury time goal. Tevez left Old Trafford in 2009 to move to City. The picture of Tevez holding the poster angered fans on Twitter with one criticising the gesture by Tevez as ‘classless and tasteless’.
Another added: “That’s just unwarranted and uncalled for. Fergie is a legend.” Others claimedTevez may have been making a satirical response to a quote from Ferguson in September 2009 when he was asked if United would ever go into a Manchester derby as underdogs, and replied:“Not in my lifetime”.
But according to some fans on Twitter, the poster was made by a fan who was seen holding it along the route and it may have been passed to Tevez on the bus. He was not carrying the poster when he boarded the bus in Albert Square.