The former United man shows solidarity with his under-fire colleague
Sky football pundit and former Manchester United captain Gary Neville has tweeted in defence of his Sky Sports colleague Jamie Carragher, after the former Liverpool defender was suspended from the company with immediate effect earlier today.
Carragher was suspended after a video emerged on social media which appeared to show him spitting at another motorist, a Manchester United fan who was shouting at Carragher from his own car. Carragher was driving back from Ssaturday’s Manchester-Liverpool derby at Old Trafford, which Manchester United had won 2-1.
An exacerbating factor in this incident was that the person operating the camera was a 14-year old girl, who was the daughter of the man heard shouting in the clip. The footage was then sold to British newspaper The Mirror, and the story broke on Sunday night.
Carragher has since apologised several times in the media for his part in the incident, and claims to have been in touch with the family to apologise personally.
Despite the two former players being involved in an ongoing friendly rivalry, Neville took to Twitter to opine that, even though Carragher had made a ‘big mistake’, he shouldn’t be permanently sacked from Sky Sports.
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
During their sporting careers, the two were arch-rivals, and their fiery on-pitch relationship embodied the spirit of the Liverpool-Manchester derby. Since retiring – Neville in 2011 and Carragher in 2013 – the two have formed a punditry duo who have appeared often on Sky’s sporting output, such as Monday Night Football.
The pair had been due to appear on tonight installment, covering a match between Stoke and league leader Manchester City. However, Carragher was suspended earlier today with immediate effect, and so will not appear on tonight’s show.
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