Tevez begged teacher for 'RIP Fergie' sign
A teacher revealed how Carlos Tevez BEGGED her to hand him the “RIP Fergie” sign he waved during Man City’s victory parade.
Sue Bradsell, 52, passed the cardboard tombstone to the Argentinian striker as he toured streets by bus to mark City’s Premier League title win.
Tevez, 28, was later forced to apologise after the message — a jibe at Sir Alex Ferguson, veteran boss of rivals Man United — sparked fury.
But Blues supporter Sue of Oldham, Gtr Manchester, said the goal ace had been SCREAMING at fans in the 100,000 crowds to pass the banner to him.
She said: “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.”
The delighted soccer star — who previously played for Utd — then held it aloft, sporting a huge grin.
The sign was thought to refer to a 2009 remark by Sir Alex who, asked if his team would ever be underdogs to City, replied: “Not in my lifetime.”
Sue said: “I think Tevez knew what the sign said, especially when he was on the bus. His English is good enough to understand that. But I’d no idea it had sparked this big furore. It’s just a poster, I don’t think it was meant with any malice. I think it’s all a bit unfair on Tevez — he just got caught up in the excitement of the day.”
Sue spoke as The Sun learned police are monitoring a sinister internet campaign against Tevez.
The footballer’s address and postcode were posted on Twitter yesterday by livid Manchester Utd fans.
One supporter posted a photograph of the huge gates which protect Tevez’s home, with the chilling message: “Whose gates are these? Looks like the plan’s in action.”
Last night Cheshire Police confirmed they were aware of the Twitter campaign and said they were keeping an eye on developments.
A force spokesman said: “We are monitoring the situation to make sure nothing criminal does happen.”
Tevez yesterday apologised for showing the sign during Monday’s parade — after City chiefs said he had made “a significant error of judgment”. He said: “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.” - www.thesun.co.uk