When football pundits go BAD: After Jamie Carragher spits at fans, 6 other times misbehaving experts lost their jobs
Jamie Carragher has called it a âmoment of madness.â
The moment he spat at a 14-year-old girl, following Liverpoolâs 2-1 loss at Manchester United, he embroiled himself and Sky in another storm around the behaviour of their presenters.
It follows the infamous off-air conversation between Richard Keys and Andy Gray regarding a female linesman in 2011, and Rodney Marshâs tasteless joke on the Asia tsunami in 2005.
Carragher has since been suspended by Sky and will spend two weeks off screen as part of a pre-booked break.
The former Liverpool defender has apologised to the girl and her family, saying he hopes that âgoing forward I can show the real me."
Here are six other times pundits have landed themselves in trouble:
Ricard Keys & Andy Gray
They were the face of Sky Sportsâ Premier League coverage, until Andy Gray was heard marking sexist comments about female linesman Sian Massey.
Speaking to co-host Richard Keys, Gray remarked: âCan you believe that? A female linesman. Women donât know the offside rule.â Keys added: âCourse they donât."
Initially given a one-match suspension, the former Everton and Aston Villa striker was sacked a day later when a second incident from 2010 came to light, during which Gray made crass comments towards fellow presenter Charlotte Jackson.
Keys resigned in 2011 but famously described the remarks as âprehistoric banter."
A long-serving panelist for Sky Sports, Rodney Marsh was sacked in January 2005, after a joke involving David Beckham and the 2004 Asian tsunami.
On the phone-in show 'Youâre on Sky Sports' he joked that Beckham wouldnât be joining Newcastle because of trouble with the âToon Army in Asia.â
A striker for Fulham and Man City in his prime, Marsh apologised on air but was soon relieved of his duties with the broadcaster.
While covering the Monaco vs Chelsea Champions League semi-final in 2004, Atkinson made a horrific racist comment about Marcel Desailly, which was broadcast around the world.
Working for ITV at the time, the comments did not go out on British air but instead to several places in the Middle East, including Dubai and Egypt, due to a microphone being left on.
After Monaco shocked Chelsea 3-1 at the Stade Louis II, Atkinson said about the French defender: âHeâs what is known in some schools as a f*****g lazy, thick n****r.â
Atkinson immediately offered his resignation which was accepted.
Following a playing career that spanned 23 years, Beagrie transitioned into a broadcasting role with Sky Sports.
However, he was fired from the company in August 2017 after he was convicted of assaulting his partner Zarah Blake.
The 52-year-old threatened to ârip her throatâ out after a drunken row and was handed a 12 month community order.
Sky had removed him from their coverage pending the outcome of the trial but swiftly terminated his contract.
Sinclair was let go by the BBC after a drink-driving charge that also saw him racially abusing a police officer.
He was pulled over by the police in November 2017, and became more agitated, asking the officer if he was being arrested because heâs black, following it up with a racial slur.
A regular on Football Focus and Match of the Day, the BBC confirmed they have "no plans to use him on our programmes.â
The former winger pleased guilty to the drink-driving charge and was sentenced to 150 hours of community service and handed a 20-month driving ban.
Working for ITV at the time and covering the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Earle sold scores or tickets in breach of FIFA rules.
Part of an ambush marketing effort for the beer brand Bavaria, 36 women turned up to the Holland vs Denmark game wearing ident ical orange dresses.
ITV concluded that the block of tickets allocated to Earle and his friends and family had been sold on to a third party.
Earleâs contract was terminated with immediate effect.
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