Jamie Carragher brands Rio Ferdinand a ‘clown’ and says ‘I’m happy to say so’
Jamie Carragher was "happy" to call Rio Ferdinand a "clown" for his views on the overturned penalty in the Milan derby Champions League tie.
Inter were 2-0 victors in the first leg on Wednesday (May 10) night thanks to goals from Edin Dzeko and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. They also hit the post through Hakan Calhanoglu and had a spot kick reversed after Lautaro Martinez had gone down in the box.
The general sentiment was VAR made the right call, as there was little to no contact on Martinez. Carragher was convinced as he said: “I think anyone out there who is watching the replay and seeing what VAR do and still believe that is a penalty, they must be a clown.”
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Unbeknownst to him, his former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard was one of many BT Sport pundits who disagreed with the decision.
After CBS Sports host Kate Abdo pointed that out to Carragher, he proceeded to backtrack as he said: “He was an attacking player, wasn't he?
"He was liable a little bit to go down under a little bit of contact – always contact, never a dive. I understand where he is coming from.
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"When players were in my position, who were defenders, other defenders, English defenders who are commentating on the game.
“I can understand attackers thinking it was a penalty (turning to Thierry Henry) if you did, and Stevie was an attacker. Maybe he felt there was a little bit of contact.
“But as a defender, we have to stick together don't we and I just felt people were getting a little bit carried away.”
Micah Richards then pressed his colleague to "name names". And while Carragher didn't want to throw good friend Gerrard under the bus, he was quick to jump in when it came to former Manchester United rival Ferdinand.
“Rio Ferdinand. I'm happy to call him a clown," Carragher brazenly said, leaving Thierry Henry wide-mouthed and raising his programme notes to cover his face.
Richards, meanwhile, uttered "I don't want a part of this" as Carragher burst out laughing. Abdo swiftly moved on before any more shots could be fired.
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