Saturday 20 July 2019

Football hard men rip into Jamie Carragher in spitting row as former employee adds to the pressure on Sky

Jamie Carragher and (inset) Joey Barton
Jamie Carragher and (inset) Joey Barton
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Football bad boys Joey Barton and Vinnie Jones have hit out at Jamie Carragher after he was caught on camera spitting at a 14-year-old girl, with both suggesting the former Liverpool defender could be sacked from his role as a Sky Sports pundit.

Barton and Jones had a hugely chequered history of behaviour both on and off the field during their playing days and both have now suggested Carragher could face an uncertain future in his high profile role at Sky.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Barton suggested he would lose his job if he was caught up in a similar incident as he expressed his surprise at Carragher's actions.

"If Jamie is that annoyed he should just keep his window up, or just tell him to mind his own business," stated Barton.

"I've done a lot of stupid stuff, and we all get stick, but to do that? Surely he's got to see the fact there's a young girl in the car… he's got kids himself!

"Why is he that emotionally attached to the game? He should be an impartial pundit.

"Look, he's made a mistake but say that was me, I think my position should rightly be under fire and I think his will be."

When asked whether he should lose his post at Sky, Barton stated:  "It's down to Sky, but Sky would have a large subscription base of Manchester United fans, and also fathers and mothers – would they want to keep paying if he stays?

"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 if you've got that sort of profile, you just can't do it."

Former Wimbledon hard man Jones also appeared on talkSPORT, as he lashed out Carragher in colourful fashion.

"It is cowardly," he said. "How has the lad driving it not driven after Jamie, rammed him, dragged him out of the car and beat seven... you know what I mean.

"If someone spat at my daughter sitting in the car, I would have been after them.

"There is no sitting on the fence here, Jamie is down the road - down the Jobcentre tomorrow.

"Spitting at 14-year-olds through a window? He is presenting on the TV. For Christ's sake, he is supposed to be one of the top men. You can't condone that whatsoever. It is filth, it is absolute filth."

Meanwhille, presenter Richard Keys, who was sacked along with his colleague Andy Gray by Sky Sports amid a sexism scandal in 2011 offered up this devious tweet to add to the pressure on his former employers:

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