Champions League is on TV tonight but Carragher will not be presenting
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher should not be axed from his lucrative Sky Sports role despite outrage that he spat at a teenager, claim Donegal soccer fans.
Carragher, who earns €1.2m annually as a football pundit on Sky Sports, was caught on camera spitting at the 14-year-old daughter of a man who, he claims, was goading him about Liverpool losing 2-1 to Manchester United last weekend.
The video is available to view on Twitter, where critics have branded the images “vile” and “disgusting”.
Some ex-professional players believe dad-of-two Carragher (40), whose daughter Mia is of similar age to the girl he spat at, should be sacked.
But supporters in Donegal of the Premier League’s most successful club, Manchester United, are backing Carragher and say he should be allowed a shot at redemption.
Manchester United Donegal Supporters’ Club spokesman Liam Friel told Donegal Now: “I don’t think he should be sacked.
“He made a mistake, a bad one, but I don’t think it would be fair to call for him to lose his job.
“He must have been provoked. I think he deserves a second change, 100 per cent.”
Liverpool Donegal Supporters’ Club spokesman Kevin Neely told Donegal Now: “There’s absolutely no way you can condone what he did and Carragher has said that himself.
“Carragher reacted wrongly and admitted it right away. Ultimately, the decision is for Sky Sports to make.
“As a Liverpool fan, it reminds me of El Hadji Diouf spitting at Celtic fans.”
Senegalese winger Diouf (37) was playing for Liverpool when he spat at Celtic fans in 2003 during a UEFA Cup quarter-final clash, earning him a two-game ban and fines totalling GBP£50,000.
Englishman Carragher’s spitting controversy was recorded on camera by the girl’s dad.
It captures the dad shouting through his daughter's front passenger side window: "2-1, 2-1, unlucky Jamie lad; 2-1, lad."
Carragher then shown to wind down the window of his SUV and spit towards the man’s car.
The girl's father today said that the family “don't want him [Carragher] to lose his job”.
Ex-defender Carragher was dropped by Sky Sports from its Premier League coverage last night and it has indefinitely suspended him, while Denmark’s broadcaster TV3 has removed him from fronting their Champions League games this week, including tonight's match of Manchester United versus Sevilla.
He exhibited remorse when he made several TV appearances on Monday to apologise to the teenage girl and her dad, claiming it was a “moment of madness” and that he would not do it again.
His Sky Sports colleague Gary Neville (43), the former Manchester United captain, has supported Carragher, but former players like ex-Wimbledon hardman Vinnie Jones (53) said: “There is no sitting on the fence here.
"Jamie is down the road, down the job centre. Spitting at 14-year-olds through a window?
"He is presenting on the TV. For Christ's sake. You can't condone that whatsoever. It is filth, it is absolute filth.”
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