Manchester City in their final moments of the game against QPR was able to claim the Premier League title after 44 years. It was definitely a moment of celebration and jubilation for the club who was for so long looking for a breakthrough. Under the rather autocratic leadership of manager Roberto Mancini, coupled with massive pumping of petrodollars the club was finally able to reinstate its glory.
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But then something unnecessary, defaming and disgusting happened. The controversial Man City player Carlos Tevez while enjoying post match celebration held up a banner that read ‘RIP Fergie’.
It is important to mention here that Tevez has played previously for Manchester United. Furthermore, this kind of outrageous attitude from Tevez is not something new. We are well aware of the differences the Argentinean forward developed with manager Mancini during a match when he was asked to play as a substitute. But doing something like this after winning only represents a lack of sportsman spirit
Moreover, it was completely unnecessary. Why spark a new controversy after winning? Why contaminate a historic win with such negative publicity? And also for your former guru, and more importantly a person who is considered a highly reputed figure in the world of soccer. Seriously, from Carlos attitude, it seems like Mancini will have to apply the same technique he did on Balotelli.
Sir Alex Ferguson had earlier voiced his discontent with the title winners, even going as far as saying that Man City ‘bought’ the title. That didn’t manage to deflect from Man City’s win, but Tevez’s shocking placard did. Both Manchester City and Carlos Tevez, both have apologized about the banner to Sir Alex Ferguson, but the damage has already been done. Would the apology be enough for not just Manchester United fans, but footballs in general, only time can tell. However, from Carlos Tevez, it was an extremely un-classy display that belied the sportsman spirit the game of football is all about.
Extremely poor taste.