‘That’s nonsense! This is the most bizarre thing I’ve ever heard!’: Jamie Carragher loses his head in debate with Micah Richards over Jude Bellingham’s disallowed goal, before Kate Abdo breaks it up!
- Jamie Carragher and Micah Richards clashed on air after Man City vs Dortmund
- Richards’ former club were fortunate not to concede a goal to Jude Bellingham
- The youngster was wrongly judged to have clipped Ederson before tapping in
- Post match Carragher slammed the call and questioned Richards’ understanding
Jamie Carragher and Micah Richards became embroiled in a spicy on-air row on Tuesday night following Manchester City’s fortunate Champions League let off against Borussia Dortmund.
City took a slender 2-1 victory over the Germans in the first leg, though all eyes were on the referee after a very contentious decision regarding Jude Bellingham and goalkeeper Ederson saw the young Englishman wrongly stripped of a goal.
Bellingham had robbed Ederson of possession and strode towards goal to net before half-time of the quarter-final first leg, but Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan blew for a foul before Bellingham tapped home and the move could therefore not be reviewed by VAR.
Jamie Carragher lost his patience with Micah Richards as the pair debated the contentious call to disallow Jude Bellingham’s goal against Manchester City in Champions League quarter-final
Dortmund were angry with the referee ruling out a Jude Bellingham goal for a foul on Ederson
Bellingham seemed to win the ball cleanly and was poised to roll the ball into an unguarded net
Jude Bellingham has the ball in the back of the net vs. Man City… but the referee says no!
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Digesting the incident following the match, Carragher and Richards found themselves in a heated clash of words which left the Liverpool legend gesticulating animatedly.
‘We’re talking about VAR and how we’re spoiling the game because we’re taking away from the referee managing the game…’ Richards began, before an incensed Carragher quickly piled in and pointed out his colleague’s bias.
‘I know why you didn’t want VAR tonight, Jesus Christ! It should be 2-2.’ said Carragher on the CBS Champions League show.
The official, bizarrely, gave the 17-year-old midfielder a yellow card for his role in the incident
‘That’s nonsense. It’s a unique situation, it’s not normal, that doesn’t happen often,’ Carragher continued before Richards quickly attempted to interject and offer his thought that the incident was only unique to Carragher’s understanding.
At this point, the former Liverpool man all but lost his head and could not see how his co-pundit was not grasping the situation.
Carragher raged on: ‘How can you not understand this? This is the most bizarre thing I’ve ever heard. Right, he goes through and thinks it’s a foul, not a problem… but he knows if he blows that whistle it takes VAR out of the equation… yes?
‘We all know what’s going to happen. He will roll the ball in the net and then we can have a look.’
Phil Foden scored a last minute winner as City took the slender first-leg victory on Tuesday
Richards took Carragher’s opinion on board, before posing the idea that nowhere in the rule book does it say that the referee does not have to blow his whistle, if he believes categorically that a foul has occurred.
‘Do you think tonight when he goes back into the room, the people at UEFA or FIFA looking at his performance will say “he got that right”?’ Carragher added as a final sentiment, before Richards then joined him in agreement that the official made the incorrect call.
Lead presenter Kate Abdo then had to come between the pair and interject loudly, telling the viewers at home: ‘men love to argue, don’t they?’
Carragher eased the tension by grabbing Richards’ hand and singing You’ll Never Walk Alone
Both men quickly made up their differences, however, with a closing clip from the show revealing that Carragher grabbed Richards’ hand along with that of his fellow co-pundit Alex Scott before comically singing a verse from Liverpool’s anthem, You’ll Never Walk Alone.
City avoided a scare at home to Dortmund and will now take a 2-1 lead into the second leg of the fixture.
A last minute goal from Phil Foden added to Kevin De Bruyne’s earlier strike, with Dortmund notching an important away effort in the closing stages through captain Marco Reus.