Man City offer "sincerest apologies" to Man Utd boss Ferguson over Tevez taunt

Manchester City have been forced to apologise over the actions of controversial striker Carlos Tevez yesterday.

Manchester City have been forced to apologise over the actions of controversial striker Carlos Tevez yesterday.

City have apologised to Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson after striker Tevez held up a banner goading his former manager.

Tevez has also expressed his regret after he was pictured with a sign which read 'RIP Fergie' during City's celebratory title-winning parade in Manchester.

A City spokeswoman said: "The creation of the tasteless material is in itself reprehensible and in accepting and brandishing it, Carlos has made a significant error of judgement.

"The club wishes to express its sincerest apologies to Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United Football Club for any offence or distress caused."

The sign may have been a reference to a remark by Ferguson three years ago when asked if United would ever be underdogs against City. "Not in my lifetime," the Scot said.

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