Blame it on the puppet
Carlos Tevez claims his ear-cupping celebration of his second goal against Manchester United in front of Sir Alex Ferguson was actually a tribute to a television puppet. The Manchester City striker has rejected accusations that he was baiting the United boss over his refusal to sign Tevez on a permanent deal.
Tevez claims the celebration was supposed to be an impression of Top Giggio, an Italian puppet mouse who television show was popular in South America.
The Argentina international said: “The gesture Topo Giggio is not mine 100 per cent. I copied the action of my Argentina team-mate Juan Roman Riquelme and it wasn’t done to create controversy.”
Funnily enough, Tevez has evoked the spirit of Topo Giggio before. Again it was in a Manchester derby, again the fans were chanting ‘Fergie, sign him up’, again it was Tevez who grabbed the winning goal, and again the celebration was delivered directly in front of Fergie. Only the shirt colour changed!
On that occasion, the United boss’ response was: “I’ve no problem with him doing that. If he keeps scoring, I’ll have no problems. Nothing has changed.”
OTP wonders if that still stands!