Netizen 24 GBR: When football pundits go BAD: After Jamie Carragher spits at fans, 6 other times misbehaving experts lost their jobs

By On March 13, 2018

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 “moment of madness.”

The moment he spat at a 14-year-old girl, following Liverpool’s 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 Marsh’s 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 “going forward I can show the real me."

Here are six other times pundits have landed themselves in trouble:

Ricard Keys & Andy Gray

Andy Gray (l) was sacked over his comments about a female official, while Richard Keys (r) resigned

They were the face of Sky Sports’ Premier League coverage, until Andy Gray was heard marking sexist comments about female linesman Sian Massey.

Speaking to co-host Richard Keys, Gray remarked: “Can you believe that? A female linesman. Women don’t know the offside rule.” Keys added: “Course they don’t."

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 “prehistoric banter."

Rodney Marsh

Rodney Marsh (r) was dismissed after making an insensitive quip about the 2004 tsunami

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 'You’re on Sky Sports' he joked that Beckham wouldn’t be joining Newcastle because of trouble with the “Toon Army in Asia.”

A striker for Fulham and Man City in his prime, Marsh apologised on air but was soon relieved of his duties with the broadcaster.

Ron Atkinson

Ron Atkinson made a racist comment about former Chelsea player Marcel Desailly

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: “He’s what is known in some schools as a f*****g lazy, thick n****r.”

Atkinson immediately offered his resignation which was accepted.

Peter Beagrie

Peter Beagrie was convicted of assaulting his partner Zarah Blake

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 “rip her throat” 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.

Trevor Sinclair

The BBC let Trevor Sinclair go after he was convicted of drink-driving

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 he’s 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.”

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.

Robbie Earle

Remember Robbie Earle? He was sacked by ITV for selling tickets, in breach of FIFA rules

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.

Earle’s contract was terminated with immediate effect.

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