Jamie Carragher had his last clash with a football fan while working for Sky Sports in Nottingham Forest’s clash with Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. The Liverpool legend was embroiled in a tense exchange in which he snatched a Forest supporter’s phone from his hand at the City Ground.
Footage has emerged showing stewards escorting Carragher to the side of a stand housing some of the local faithful during the 2-0 defeat alongside Antonio Conte. The 44-year-old was heavily incited as he descended from the comment box in the 15-second clip, with one fan calling him a “Scouse b*****d”.
Immediately afterwards, Carragher turned his attention to a fan recording him closely – although it’s unclear if that was the individual who threw the abuse at him. He grabbed the fan’s phone with a serious look on his face, refusing to hand it back until a steward intervened to calm the incident.
Another clip appears to be from moments later after Carragher took to the field. The former England international was once again branded a ‘Scouse b*****d’ by a group of supporters as he walked along the touchline before turning around with a shrug – although the two parties laughed it off after his reaction.
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On Thursday, Carragher poured cold water on the seriousness of the incident. When approached for a comment by the Mirror, he explained: “I was escorted from one part of The City Ground to another, in front of vocal fans with lots of rowdiness. To me, no harm was intended on either side.”
But an eyewitness said: “He was getting a lot of baton when he was coming down the stairs and then he stopped and grabbed a boy’s phone. He seemed pretty pissed off about it all – at one point I thought he was going to start well.”
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Carragher has a history of controversial fan interactions. Sky Sports has suspended the Anfield icon after he was filmed spitting on a teenage girl from his car into another in response to a Manchester United fan’s taunting at a red light after a match. He was absent from Sky duties for five months after apologizing on live television.
However, since his return, Carragher is now widely regarded as one of football’s top experts and regularly draws praise for his analysis on Monday Night Football and the broadcaster’s other shows.
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