GARY NEVILLE has called on his fellow Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher to be given a second chance following his suspension for spitting towards a teenage girl.
Carragher has been disciplined by the network for his ‘moment of madness’ following Manchester United’s 2-1 win over his former club Liverpool on Saturday.
In a video of the incident, the 14-year-old’s father repeatedly mentioned the scoreline while driving alongside Carragher and the 40-year-old is heard to say ‘all right’, before appearing to spit at their car.
‘He’s passionate and has overstepped the mark’
Carragher has apologised to the family and expressed his remorse at some length in an interview with sister station Sky News yesterday but that did not prevent his employers dropping him from the Monday Night Football show for an unspecified period.
However Neville, the former United defender who has developed a critically acclaimed punditry partnership with Carragher in recent years, has urged Sky to stick by his under-fire colleague.
‘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,’ Neville tweeted.
‘I’ve been on TV for 3 years with him and imo (in my opinion) this isolated incident shouldn’t stop us working together.’
Speaking to Sky News, Carragher said: ‘You can’t condone that behaviour. No matter what the circumstances, you cannot ever behave like that, it is just unacceptable.
‘Watching those clips back it feels like an out-of-body thing, that moment of madness for four or five seconds.’
They said it…
■ Football reacts to Carragher spat
‘Say that was me, I think my position would be under fire. It’s disappointing because he’s a good pundit but you just can’t condone that. You can’t do that to a young girl outside a football match with that kind of profile’ — Former midfielder Joey Barton (pictured above) — no stranger to controversy himself — speaking on talkSPORT
‘Well this will be interesting’ — Former Sky Sports anchor Richard Keys (pictured above), who resigned in 2011 after making derogatory remarks about assistant referee Sian Massey
‘How has the lad driving not driven after Jamie, rammed him, dragged him out of the car and beat seven… you know what I mean? There is no sitting on the fence here, Jamie is down the road — down the job centre. He is presenting on the TV. He is supposed to be one of the top men. You can’t condone that whatsoever. It is filth, it is absolute filth’ — Ex-Wimbledon hardman Vinnie Jones (pictured above)does not believe Carragher deserves a second chance