Why Sky Sports have cut Monday Night Football by half an hour after Jamie Carragher spit storm

Sky Sports have changed the scheduled broadcast time of Monday Night Football following Jamie Carragher’s suspension.

The show, which will cover Manchester City’s away Premier League clash to Stoke, was due to start at 7pm from its usual studio setting in London.

However, with Carragher currently suspended from his punditry duties Sky told Mirror Football a decision was made to move filming to the Bet 365 stadium, where it will now go live from 7.30pm.

The former Liverpool captain, who is a regular on Monday Night Football, was due to appear alongside special guest Brendan Rodgers.

Peter Crouch reacts after missing a chance
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But instead of that, from 7pm to 7.30pm you can enjoy Peter Crouch’s 100 Premier League goals.

This is after Carragher was captured on a mobile phone spitting from his car at a football fan and a 14-year-old girl following Manchester United’s 2-1 victory over Liverpool on Saturday.

Jamie Carragher is usually a regular on Monday Night Football
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Jamie Carragher was caught on camera spitting at a football fan and 14-year-old girl
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The incident occurred following Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Liverpool
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The Anfield legend has since apologised for the incident and declared it “a moment of madness” and “not representative of the real me”.

In the footage, the teenage girl’s father repeatedly mentioned the score from the weekend’s clash and Carragher is heard to say, “Alright”, before appearing to spit at the vehicle alongside his.

The 40-year-old was summoned for talks with Sky Sports on Monday, and the company have described his actions as “unacceptable”.

Monday Night Football was due to be broadcast at 7pm
The show will now go live at 7.30pm

On Monday afternoon, Carragher was then interviewed live on Sky News over the incident and forced to watch the footage of him spitting at the football fan and 14-year-old girl.

“You can’t obviously condone that behaviour no matter what; In any way shape or form, where you are, who you represent,” said Carragher. I’ve let Sky Sports down, my family and the family involved.

“It was a moment of madness, it’s difficult for me to explain. It’s just that moment of madness for four or five seconds. No matter the circumstances, you can’t ever behave like that.

Carragher was forced to watch his actions
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Carragher has since apologised for the incident
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“To be honest, again, why did you react, I asked myself? That’s part of being a public figure. It’s the only time, I’ve reacted like that, will ever react like that. I’ve got no excuse.

“I called the family and they were upset. The biggest regret, certainly, is for the 14 year old girl to be caught in the middle of this, and my altercation with the father.

“It’s my biggest devastation that a young 14 year old has become embroiled in this. I’ve got a daughter the same age – it’s difficult to find the words for the way I’d react.

“It is me biggest regret of course, but all I can do right now is apologise. I can’t go back. Hopefully they accept that. I’d like to apologise once more to them all.”

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