Jamie Carragher was caught on camera spitting at a car containing a 14-year-old girl as he saw red when her dad goaded him in the aftermath of Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford on Saturday.
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) March 11, 2018
Carragher held it together well on Sky Sports in the aftermath of the defeat, remaining calm despite being visibly upset that his former club had again showed their soft centre and lost a game in which they dominated possession almost throughout.
However, the former Reds defender lost his rag on his way home and has been suspended by Sky for his actions, as well as being dropped by Danish television company TV3 from the role he was due to take up for them in commenting on United’s next match, the Champions League last sixteen match against Sevilla at Old Trafford.
Jamie Carragher has been suspended by Sky Sports after a video showed him spitting towards a girl.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) March 12, 2018
As Carragher’s job appears to hang by a thread, one man who has come out in support of him is his Sky Sports colleague Gary Neville.
They may have spent their playing careers on opposing sides of the most bitter rivalry in English football but the pair are now the best pundits in the UK and Neville has launched an impassioned defence of his former rival.
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
It is fair to say that Neville’s comments have split opinion. Most people can agree that Carragher’s actions were incredibly low but they cannot reach a consensus on how he should be punished.
Should he be sacked by Sky Sports or would a suspension, coupled with a sincere apology, suffice? We’ve taken a closer look at the issue that has seen a United legend stand with a Liverpool one but has also divided football fans…
If he spat at your daughter it would be different
— Neil Dines (@Dines_11) March 12, 2018
Gary wouldn't follow someone in a car & record them on the motorway driving himself whislt shouting at said person with his daughter in the car either
— Callum Webley (@CallumWebley) March 12, 2018
He was in the wrong for doing what he did that’s a guarantee but has anything been done to the chap that was filming it????? Using a mobile while driving a car………isn’t that an instant ban now?
— Mark Pate (@markp8uk) March 12, 2018
After spitting at a kid?? Behave it's the lowest of the low #sack him
— phil (@philthebarber9) March 12, 2018
would say driving while filming with no regard for your own daughters life is lower personally?
— jon (@JonBetts923) March 12, 2018
Saying sorry isn’t enough, isolated incident or not that man is in a privileged position and has acted appallingly, 100% should be sacked
— BIG 💷💷💷 (@crazed1981) March 12, 2018
This is a criminal offence Gary and really poorly judged remarks from yourself. Common assault on a 14 year old is not to be taken lightly and with all the child welfare issues in the press at the moment you've backed a friend rather than the right thing to do!
— John Brown (@Soccerstarzltd) March 12, 2018
Everything is an isolated incident doesn't mean shouldn't get dealt with appropriately. He's made a huge mistake and in the real world you make a huge mistake your shown the door.
— Az (@Ocorom) March 12, 2018
He’s apologised profusely and will no doubt rightfully apologise to the family face to face – he should keep his job, he knows he’s made a huge mistake. Give him a second chance. Move on.
— Gav (@gavafc84) March 12, 2018
He's great with you sky. It will be a demolition job on him from now on though. Seems a good bloke. Shame.
— Richard Elliott (@elliott4sho) March 12, 2018
Both should be punished. JC for spitting and the dad for using his mobile whilst driving 👍
— Fee J. (@BuntyFudge) March 12, 2018
Everyone see's what you're doing nev, your trying to defend a good friend to a certain extent and we would all do the same. But, you can't do that sort of thing. If it was an everyday office job you'd be sacked on the spot and it shouldn't be any different for this case.
— Dale (@collsy88) March 12, 2018