Gary Neville thinks Jamie Carragher should keep Sky Sports job despite spitting incident

Gary Neville thinks Jamie Carragher should keep Sky Sports job despite spitting incident

Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville (Getty)Gary Neville says Jamie Carragher has ‘no excuses’ for spitting on a 14-year-old girl, but has called on Sky Sports to stop short of sacking him.

The football pundit was filmed on Saturday after Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester United spitting from his car window after being goaded about the result at Old Trafford.

Carragher has repeatedly apologised for the incident, including making an appearance on Sky News to express his regret. He’s also spoken to the family involved, including the young girl whose face he spat on.

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He’s been suspended by Sky Sports who said Carragher’s actions fell ‘well below the standards we expect of our people’.

Statement from Sky

‘Sky takes this matter extremely seriously and strongly condemns Jamie’s actions, we have made that clear to him in person today and suspended him from his duties.

‘It falls well below the standards we expect of our people.’

Carragher has become one of the faces of Sky Sports since retiring from football in 2013, with his relationship with rival Gary Neville proving popular with viewers.

Neville has condemned Carragher on Twitter, but doesn’t believe he deserves to be sacked.

‘I’ve just watched Carragher say sorry [on Sky News]. No excuses he’s made a big mistake.

‘He’s massively passionate about football and he’s overstepped the mark and shouldn’t have reacted.

‘I’ve been on TV for thre years with him and in my opinion this isolated incident shouldn’t stop us working together.’

I’ve just watched Carra23 say sorry. No excuses he’s made a big mistake . He’s massively passionate about football and he’s overstepped the mark and shouldn’t have reacted . I’ve been on TV for 3 years with him and imo this isolated incident shouldn’t stop us working together
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) March 12, 2018

Sky have suspended him indefinitely, starting with his appearance on Monday Night Football this evening.

He’s also been pulled from working on Danish TV channel TV3 who he was supposed to analyse Manchester United’s Champions League game against Sevilla on Tuesday.

Neville and Carragher work together on Monday Night Football (Getty)Carragher also remains hopeful he has a future with Sky.

‘Hopefully going forward I can show the real me. I don’t feel that was representative of the real me. Hopefully the general public, Sky can look at that and my 20-year career. And I’ve made mistakes in those 25 years, but this is a huge one.

‘I’ve haven’t offered that [my resignation]. No, I’m just speaking to people at Sky and working out the best way to go forward. They’ve made it known they are very disappointed. I’ve brought shame on them and football.’

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Speaking on Sky News, Carragher called the incident a ‘moment of madness’.

‘Difficult to explain, the moment of madness. I lost it. I’ve apologised for it and I can’t take it back, as much as I want to. I can hopefully move forward,’ he said.

‘I can’t explain for those four or five seconds why I reacted like that. It never happened before and it won’t happen again. This whole incident, the family I’ve dragged them into and it’s devastating for them.’

Carragher expressed regret at pulling a 14-year-old into the scandal.

‘A young girl who wasn’t involved in anything, is now getting embroiled.

‘A young girl feels slightly worse than me. I’ve got a daughter exactly the same age and it’s difficult to say how I would react if someone had done that.

‘The way that father sees his daughter is the way I see my daughter.

‘It is my biggest regret, getting involved in that type of situation.’

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He added: ‘Hopefully I can get the chance to meet face to face with the family, and apologise to them again.’

Before he was suspended by Sky, Carragher was approached by reporters as he arrived at Euston station from Liverpool. He took that opportunity to apologise for his behaviour.

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