Neville backs Carragher in spitting storm
Gary Neville has offered words of support for his under-fire Sky Sports colleague Jamie Carragher and suggested he hopes to work once again with the pundit who has been suspended after he was caught on camera spitting at Manchester United fans.
Neville and Carragher were fierce rivals during their playing days at Manchester United and Liverpool, but the duo have formed a strong bond after emerging as outstanding TV pundits at Sky.
Carragher's future with the broadcaster is now in serious doubt after he was caught spitting at fans who goaded him following last Saturday's game between United and Liverpool at Old Trafford, with calls for him to be sacking growing in the last 24 hours.
An emotional Carragher appeared on Sky News to express his regret over the incident, as he suggested his actions were 'unacceptable' as he insisted he did not know whether he would remain as a broadcaster with the network.
"It is Sky's decision, not my decision. What I would say is there is no doubt that why I have done is disgusting. I apologise for it, I'm getting vilified and rightly so," stated Carragher.
"It was a moment of madness. Four or five seconds. I wish I could go back and change it, but I can't do that. It's the lowest of the low."
After Sky confirmed they had suspended Carragher following the incident, he will not be part of the network's coverage of the Stoke v Manchester City game on Monday, yet his on screen colleague Neville has now sent out a message suggesting his colleague should not lose his job over the incident.
"I've just watched @Carra23 say sorry. No excuses he's made a big mistake," stated Neville in a Twitter message.
He's massively passionate about football and he's overstepped the mark and shouldn't have reacted. I've been on TV for 3 years with him and this isolated incident shouldn't stop us working together."
Sky will now weigh up their options over a popular pundit who has confirmed he has not offered to resign from his role.