Tevez defends celebrations

Image: Tevez: Neville banter

Carlos Tevez has defended his goal celebrations in Man City's Carling Cup semi-final win over Man Utd.

City striker wanted to respond to United critics

Carlos Tevez has defended his goal celebrations in Manchester City's Carling Cup semi-final first leg victory over Manchester United. The former Red Devils striker bagged a brace at Eastlands on Tuesday night to give his new club the edge ahead of Wednesday's second meeting at Old Trafford. After levelling the scores from the penalty spot following Ryan Giggs' opener, Tevez and United stalwart Gary Neville, who was among the substitutes, exchanged gestures. And the Argentina international then stood with his hands cupped behind his ears after hitting the winner as a message to the Red Devils directors and manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Theatre

"Gary was very disrespectful, which is out of character, but he didn't know the whole story of why I left Manchester United and I believe I deserved his respect," Tevez said. "Football is a form of theatre and it was just a form of banter. There was nothing malicious intended. I was not trying to incite anyone but I was entitled to say to Neville that he should have been more respectful. "For the second goal I ran to the touchline and cupped my ears and looked up to the part of the ground where the United directors were sitting, and also to Ferguson in the dugout, because I wanted them to know this was my response to them saying I was not worth the money. "People from United have been speaking about me publicly and criticising me but I wanted to do my talking on the pitch because that was the best way of responding to all these people, such as Neville, who were saying United were right to let me go."

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