Jamie Carragher slams 'CLOWN' Rio Ferdinand and even takes dig at Steven Gerrard as he savages BT Sport punditry | The Sun

CBS SPORTS pundit Jamie Carragher brutally savaged his BT Sport rivals last night.

That’s by branding Rio Ferdinand a “clown” while also aiming a dig at ex-Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard.

The trio were all on punditry duty for their respective outlets in yesterday’s Champions League semi-final between AC and Inter Milan.

Two early goals from the Nerazzurri saw them secure a 2-0 advantage in the first leg.

It could and should have been more as they ended up having 16 shots at goal in a dominant performance.

But Inter felt they were wrongly denied a penalty in the first half when Lautaro Martinez went down following contact from Simon Kjaer.


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The referee initially blew for a spot-kick and even proceeded to book the Dane.

But VAR advised him to check a replay, and after consulting the pitch-side monitor he reversed his decision.

Footage suggested there had been some contact on Martinez, albeit he had made the most of it.

BT Sport duo Ferdinand and Gerrard were livid at the ref’s decision to overturn the penalty.

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But Carragher was adamant that, especially after watching the replay, it was the right call.

And he left fellow CBS pundits Thierry Henry and Micah Richards stunned with his comments.

Carragher 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.”

When shown a tweet revealing Gerrard’s thoughts, Carragher continued: “He was an attacking player, wasn’t he?

“He was liable a little bit himself under a little bit of contact — always contact, never a dive. I understand where he is coming from.

“It’s just when players in my position who are defenders, English defenders who are commentating on the game…

“I understand attackers thinking it was a penalty if you (Henry) did, and Steve was an attacker. Maybe he felt there was a little bit of contact.

Rio Ferdinand! I’m happy to call him a clown

“But as a defender we have to stick together, don’t we, and I just felt people were getting a little bit carried away.”

Pal Richards then chirped: “Name names!”

To which Carragher replied: “Rio Ferdinand! I’m happy to call him a clown.”

But Ferdinand doubled down as he tweeted: “Still think it’s a penalty…”

Ferdinand and Carragher famously clashed on Twitter in October after the latter was snubbed pitch-side by ex-Man Utd striker Cristiano Ronaldo.

Responding to Ferdinand joking he was upset, Carragher said: “No I’m delighted it went viral. 

“Rio I know how it works, he’s your mate and you/Evra and the rest are on the group Whatsap and he asks you to come out and defend him.

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“Don’t be his fan boy you’re Rio Ferdinand FFS!”

This saw Ferdinand reply: “What Whatsapp group? Leave off lad… I want this same energy with Roy Keane when you’re next in the studio ffs. Stop getting bullied.”

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