Date: May 16 2012
MANCHESTER City has apologised to Alex Ferguson after Carlos Tevez held up a placard with the text ''R.I.P. Fergie'' while aboard City's open-top bus, which drove through the streets of Manchester where about 100,000 fans celebrated during the club's Premier League trophy parade.
''The creation of the tasteless material is in itself reprehensible and in accepting and brandishing it, Carlos has made a significant error of judgment,'' City said in a statement.
''The club wishes to express its sincerest apologies to Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United Football Club for any offence or distress caused.''
In 2009, Tevez made the rare move across Manchester to City after being unhappy about his playing time under Ferguson.
''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,'' said Tevez, who had a season of turmoil, spending several months in dispute with City.
City beat United to the title on Sunday after scoring twice in stoppage time to beat Queens Park Rangers 3-2.
■Ferguson has declared he isn't concerned by new Premier League champions Manchester City's ability to outbid him in the transfer market.
The Manchester united manager was speaking at the announcement that veteran midfielder Paul Scholes had signed a one-year contract extension with United.
''We know City are going to spend fortunes, pay stupid money and silly salaries. We know that happens. We can't do anything about that,'' Ferguson said. ''We are not like other clubs who can spend fortunes on proven goods. We invest in players who will be with the club for a long time, who will create the character of the club and the excitement for our fans.''
■The Football Association has charged QPR midfielder Joey Barton with two counts of violent conduct after Sunday's red card against Manchester City. Barton was sent off for elbowing Tevez and then kicked Sergio Aguero before trying to headbutt Vincent Kompany.
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