‘Oh f***!’: Jamie Carragher forces CBS into an apology for swearing live on US TV – and upsets some American viewers with his ‘condescending’ comments about Sergino Dest while trying to joke with Micah Richards and Alex Scott
- Jamie Carragher stole the limelight with his views on American network CBS
- The former Liverpool defender covers the Champions League on the channel
- He swore under his breath after a joke aimed at Alex Scott badly backfired
- Carragher also joked that his favourite player to watch is American Sergino Dest
- Micah Richards entered the fray at the end of the programme in amusing scenes
Jamie Carragher certainly caused a stir with his comments during CBS’ Champions League coverage on Tuesday night, as he bantered with fellow pundits Alex Scott, Micah Richards and presenter Kate Abdo.
The former Liverpool centre back is a regular pundit on the American network for their European coverage and appeared to spend the whole evening trying to appease American viewers with various comments post-match.
After stating his favourite player to watch was Barcelona – and USA – right back Sergino Dest, a joke aimed at Alex Scott backfired badly resulting in Carragher muttering ‘Oh f***!’ under his breath.
Jamie Carragher was in a mischievous mood during CBS’ Champions League coverage
A joke directed at Alex Scott backfired, with a stunned Carragher muttering: ‘Oh f***!’
Carragher originally insisted that he agreed with Scott’s comments about young players before saying: ‘We’re actually on American TV and you forgot [Gio] Reyna! He’s actually plying for Dortmund as well…
‘But in terms of my position though, I played for the club I wanted to play for, didn’t want to move and you were the same at Arsenal weren’t you?’
Yet Scott replied, sharply: ‘Well I spent three years at America, went away…’ with a stunned Carragher saying: ‘Oh f***! When did you do that?!’ and Scott quipping back: ‘We’re on American TV Jamie!’
But Carragher did not stop there. Later in CBS’ coverage, when talking about players who he wanted to watch every week, the 42-year-old joked: ‘You’re going on about Ronaldo and Messi but the player I want to watch every week is [Sergino] Dest!’
Another Carragher joke appeasing American viewers triggered presenter Abdo to say: ‘Are we just in a competition here for American affection?!’, with Richards in fits of laughter.
Carragher then joked that his favourite player to watch every week was American Sergino Dest
The joke, directed at American viewers, had Micah Richards (right) in fits of laughter
Dest, the 20-year-old who moved to Barca from Ajax in the summer, became the first American defender to score in the Champions League during their 4-0 victory against Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday evening, as the Catalans sealed their qualification for the knockout-stages.
Then, in the final scene before coverage ended, Abdo explained to Carragher that his comments on Dest had been described as ‘condescending’ by some on social media and encouraged people to tweet their thoughts to Carragher’s Twitter handle.
Richards then re-entered the fray just before coverage went off-air, to ‘save’ Carragher
The former Man City defender was stood up at the back of the studio as coverage concluded
To that, Carragher said: ‘I could get my numbers up to Trump’s level if the US start following me!
‘No I was joking [about American players] because Micah built up the US national team, I thought he was doing it for the viewers so I thought I’d take it a step further.’
Richards, who was off-set, then entered the fray to ‘come and save Jamie’ before the conversation fizzled out as they went off-air.