Exclusive: Archie Macpherson believes Sky Sports should sack Jamie Carragher

Broadcasting and football commentating legend Archie MacPherson believes Jamie Carragher should be sacked from his punditry role for spitting towards a 14-year old girl.

The former Liverpool defender has been in controversy after a video emerged of him spitting towards a father and daughter from his car.  Today he has been suspended from his analyst job at Sky until the end of the season.

A Sky Sports spokesperson earlier this week spoke of the companies’ condemnation of his actions, saying: “it falls well below the standards we expect of our people.”

Carragher’s broadcasting future is unclear Image Credit: Flickr

Carragher has spent the last three years working as a pundit for Sky Sports, reportedly earning a salary close to £1 million, but MacPherson thinks his time with Sky should be up.

He said: “I don’t like spitting.  In a sense it’s cowardly because it manifests itself as something purporting to hurt and not just to show your disgust.

“If I was an employer, whilst there is such a thing as redemption you have really got to draw the line.  I think if somebody breaks the code of conduct then it’s probably time to go.”

Archie MacPherson, was left disgusted when watching the incident, however he feels it was the action he describes as “human”.

He added: “There are certain places when you can lose your place.  I’ve lost my temper in some instances and so have others.  What we saw was disgusting but human.

McPherson believes it’s time for Carragher to go Image Credit: Youtube

“This is not a private case.  It has become very public and the publicity accrued to that affects the messenger which is Sky.  I would imagine they don’t want to give the impression of supporting someone who is tainted.”

There has been plenty of support from fellow industry professionals, including Monday Night Football partner Gary Neville and BBC’s Gary Lineker, who whilst condemning Carragher’s actions, called for him to keep his job.

Neville said from his twitter account @GNev2: “I’ve just watched Carra23 say sorry. No excuses he’s made a big mistake. He’s massively passionate about football and he’s overstepped the mark and shouldn’t have reacted. I’ve been on TV for three years with him and in my opinion this isolated incident shouldn’t stop us working together.”

Lineker added from his Twitter @GaryLineker: “On a serious note, we all mistakes. Carragher made a big one. He’s apologised and is clearly contrite. Sure he’ll be back soon and rightly so.”

The family of the father and daughter who were spat at have also echoed support for Carragher to keep his job after they received a personal apology.

Yesterday, Danish TV broadcaster TV3 announced they dropped Jamie Carragher from their Champions League coverage of Manchester United’s game with Sevilla.


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