Spitting Game: Sky Sports Drop Jamie Carragher From Monday Night Football But Only As Part Of ‘Pre-Scheduled Break’

Chris Wright

12th, March 2018

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The verdict is in and the sentence has been passed: Jamie Carragher has been removed from Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football for at least the next couple of weeks.

This comes after Carragher was filmed spitting at a Manchester United fan and his teenage daughter (after being antagonised) following United’s win over Liverpool on Saturday.

According to the Mirror, who are having a field day with all this after apprehending the original footage, Carragher has been removed from tonight’s edition of MNF (Stoke versus Man City) after being called into Sky Sports headquarters to explain his actions on Monday morning.

It’s understood that the ex-Liverpool defender, 40, has not been sacked as a pundit, but will be spending the next two weeks off screen “as part of a break that was already booked” prior to the spitting incident hitting the headlines.

So… nothing much has changed really. Carra goes to ground for a fortnight, returns to MNF next month, gives us an uneasy smirk while Gary Neville makes a quip about his misdemeanour (“something something rolls off the tongue, etc, etc”) and everything carries on as per.

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  1. MoneyTalks says:

    If a fan had been caught spitting at a player, even in a heated moment, Carra and Nev would 100% be calling for the fan to get a lifetime ban on the spot (which they would get!!), but when it’s the other way around it’s brushed off as a rash reaction, no harm done, quick apology for regretful out-of-character actions yada yada, let’s all move on etc.

    It’s disgusting hypocrisy and typical double standards – but let’s be honest: Sky wont sack him if they can avoid it because he is valuable to them. JC+GN are possibly the best pundit team on tv and their “banter” and “modern footballer” insight is great for Sky’s brand.

    If they sack JC someone else will hire him, Sky lose one of their assets, weaken their brand, and strengthen a rival. A suspension is Sky edging their bets: take JC out the spotlight for a few weeks until everyone has forgot about the incident, then back to business as usual with their asset, and Sky don’t lose out.

    It makes sense… unless people start cancelling their subscriptions en masse because they see Sky as supporting a man who spits at teenage girls instead of sacking him like would happen to any normal person in any normal job. If that were to happen, watch how quick Sky would sack their £1m-per-year pundit if it meant retaining a sizeable percentage of their paying customers month after month.

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