Football fans have hit out at Joey Barton for wading in on the Jamie Carragher spit storm debate, and discussing whether the pundit should lose his job.
Carragher was filmed spitting at the passenger window of a car containing a 14-year-old Manchester United fan and her dad after the Red Devils’ win over Liverpool.
According to the girl’s father, "a bit of banter" with Carragher turned ugly after he mentioned the 2-1 scoreline.
Pundits and former footballers have been discussing whether the Liverpool legend should lose his job since Mirror Sport broke the story.
Jamie Carragher spits at football fan and his 14-year-old daughter in shocking video following Liverpool’s defeat to Manchester United
Among those was Barton, who voiced his opinion on the incident on talkSPORT. "That’s probably down to Sky [whether he should keep his job]," said Barton.
"But Sky probably have a large subscription base that are Man United fans and a large subscription base being fathers or mothers and they’d be really disappointed and would they want to be paying him to do that.
"Look, he’s made a mistake. Say that was me, I think my position would be under-fire and I think it will be.
"I think it’s disappointing because he’s a good pundit but you just can’t condone that. You can’t do that to a young girl outside a football match with that kind of profile."
Barton’s comments on the incident are fair, but some football fans have criticised the ex-professional, as his career was not without controversy.
"Of all the people to discuss this, Joey has to be bottom of the list surely," wrote one Twitter user, while another said: "Have a day off Joey, glass houses and all that."
And a third added: "Joey Barton giving tips on self control. You couldn’t make it up."
Vinnie Jones also discussed the incident on talkSPORT, and claimed Carragher should be sacked from his role as a pundit.
"It is cowardly," he said. "How has the lad driving not driven after Jamie, rammed him, dragged him out of the car and beat seven… you know what I mean?
"If someone spat at my daughter sitting in the car, I would have been after them."
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"There is no sitting on the fence here, Jamie is down the road – down the job centre tomorrow.
"Spitting at 14-year-olds through a window? He is presenting on the TV. For Christ’s sake, he is supposed to be one of the top men. You can’t condone that whatsoever. It is filth, it is absolute filth."
Carragher, who had been covering the Manchester United and Liverpool match for Sky Sports, phoned the girl and her father on Sunday night and said: "I just want to apologise and I hope you are OK." The youngster told him: "OK, thanks for apologising."
He also Tweeted: "Totally out of order and I’ve apologised personally to all the family this evening. I was goaded three/four times along the motorway while being filmed & lost my rag. No excuse apologies."
A Sky Sports spokesperson said: "It’s unacceptable behaviour and we will be addressing it with Jamie."
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