Jamie Carragher Dropped By Sky Sports As Spitting Scandal Worsens
Things have gone from bad to worse for Jamie Carragher in the fallout from his spitting incident as it’s been announced that he’s now being dropped as a sports pundit.
Sky Sports have suspended the former-Liverpool and England defender from his role as a pundit on Monday Night Football after he was caught on camera spitting at a man and his 14-year-old daughter.
It’s believed the Kop legend will not be making his scheduled appearance for Sky Sports’ coverage of the game between Stoke and Manchester City. It is understood he will not make an appearance on Sky Sports for at least week while his position is up for review.
However, in light of the suspension Sky have resisted any attempts to permanently drop Carragher despite growing calls for his resignation, The Guardian reports.
Sky Sports released a statement today saying:
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 appeared today on Sky Sports News to apologise for his actions, adding that what happened was a ‘moment of madness’. As well as being dropped from his role at Sky Sports (until further noticed) he has also been suspended from his punditry role with Danish TV ahead of this week’s Champions League fixtures.
He was due to cover the clash between Manchester United and Sevilla for Danish channel TV3 Sport on Tuesday. Peter Nørrelund, the channel’s head of sport, said they will make a decision about his ‘long-term future’ on the channel.
Speaking to Danish paper BT, Nørrelund said:
Jamie should have been at Old Trafford for us tomorrow and we have taken him off that.
It is a big story in England and I wouldn’t have thought that sending him to Old Trafford would have been a good idea and then we want his reaction and explanation for what has happened too. I don’t know what will happen [long-term]. It is not good behaviour but we are all just human beings.
We want to hear from him what happened. That is the same for all employees – whether it is the receptionist or Jamie Carragher – we are not going to sanction someone until we’ve heard from them what happened.
Carragher, who has two teenage children himself, claims not to have seen the 14-year-old girl in the car following his confrontation with a man who was goading him into a response following Liverpool’s 2-1 loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Footage shows him rolling down his window and spitting into the car, with the girl commenting that his spit had hit her.
Carragher revealed on Twitter that he contacted the girl’s family and ‘apologised personally… this evening’.
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