Agent defends Carlos Tevez's outburst at Gary Neville
Tevez won five trophies in two years with Manchester United
Carlos Tevez's agent Kia Joorabchian believes the Manchester City striker's remarks about former team-mate Gary Neville have been taken out of context.
Tevez's goals in the recent Manchester derby prompted an abusive gesture from United's Neville, who was branded a "moron" and a "boot-licker" by Tevez.
"Sometimes comments get a bit lost in translation," Joorabchian told the BBC.
"If you use slang terminology, that slang, interpreted word for word, may not sound as it would in context."
In the build-up to the Carling Cup semi-final first leg against United at Eastlands last Tuesday, defender Neville claimed that Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson had been right to let Tevez leave the club for City last summer.
The Argentine, who scored a brace in City's 2-1 win, gestured and cupped his ears after scoring his second goal and later claimed that his celebrations had been aimed at Neville.
Subsequently, the Football Association warned both players over their future conduct and urged both clubs to show restraint ahead of the second leg on Wednesday.
"Gary Neville stepped into something that maybe he shouldn't have done," Joorabchian told BBC Radio 5 live's Sportsweek. "When you're a professional football player you have to have respect for your companions.
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