Jamie Carragher suspended by Sky due to spitting incident
Will Monday Night Football ever be the same again as Sky Sports suspend the former player?
Unless you have been under a rock you would have seen by the now the altercation on a motorway which was filmed by the people on the receiving end of the ex-Liverpool man's saliva.
We all know Jamie Carragher. A very opinionated analyst on Monday Night Football alongside Gary Neville. Making his debut back in 1996 for Liverpool he became a fan favourite as the solid centre-back at the club. Appearing for nobody else he was that rare player usually hard to find these days. Making over 500 Premier League appearances, Carragher was even honoured with winning the FA Cup twice, League cup three times and the Community shield on two occasions. He won the UEFA Cup in 2001 which was followed by winning the UEFA Super Cup. His most memorable moment (until now) will have been winning the Champions League in 2005 after beating AC Milan on penalties.
Carragher built a reputation for himself. A no-nonsense defender but with plenty of qualities. Strength, stamina, control and a clever mentality on the pitch. He was every striker's nightmare and a fantastic defender to watch from time to time. He was so consistent that England came calling. Making his debut in 1999 the Merseyside-born defender came on as a sub against Hungary. He went on to make 38 caps internationally.
Known more recently for his banter with Gary Neville on MNF Carragher has started to build a reputation as a critical analyst on Sky. The former Liverpool man joined the panel back in 2013 and has been a regular ever since.
With the recent occurrence last weekend Carragher claimed he was provoked.
Totally out of order & Ive apologised personally to all the family this evening. I was goaded 3/4 times along the motorway while being filmed & lost my rag. No excuse apologies.
After spitting at a 14-year-old inside the adjacent vehicle along the motorway Carragher apologised for his actions. Although he knows himself that isn't good enough as nobody tolerates spitting no matter what the situation is. I'm sure everybody was taught not to do it as a kid. It's just one of those things we are aware not to do.
It's amazing how a player can have a fantastic career at a huge club then one little incident which was captured on social media can tarnish your reputation. The evidence just shows how powerful social media can be and how it can ruin someone's career overnight.
With this altercation being dealt with currently, Sky Sports has suspended Carragher from Monday Night Football, which when (and if) he returns we all know that Gary Neville is really going to give him some stick. His co-host has been quick to show his support for this co-host.
Also pleading for the pundit's job is the family that was involved in the situation, they have reportedly begged Sky not to sack him, insisting that he has shown remorse for his actions after contacting those involved.
Both of the players have always dealt well with banter between themselves and there is the possibility that there may not be anymore. It is likely Carragher's suspension could be for some time. It will be interesting to see though if Sky does allow him back on the air.
Will there be a backlash though if he does re-appear on our screens?