Jamie Carragher had another pop at the Rio Ferdinand, insisting he’s “happy to call him a clown” after his comment during their Champions League semi-final coverage.
The Liverpool and Manchester United heroes clashed on social media last October over Cristiano Ronaldo’s involvement under Erik ten Hag, with Carragher refers to Ferdinand as one of the Portuguese forward’s “fanboys”..
And Carragher reignited their feud on Wednesday night by criticizing Ferdinand’s thoughts on a penalty in Inter’s 2-0 win against AC Milan, but defended old friend Steven Gerrard, who held the same view.
Lautaro Martinez was awarded a penalty when he went down after minimal contact from Simon Kjaer, before the referee asked to consult his monitor and reversed the decision on review.
Ferdinand described it as a “obstructed” penalty in commentary, but CBS showed Carragher’s off-air indignation at the decision, where he said: “I think anyone who’s watching the replay and seeing what the VAR does and believes even if it’s a penalty, they have to be a clown.’
Back live, Carragher was shown a tweet in which Gerrard – who was working alongside Ferdinand at BT Sport – still thought it was a penalty.
Carragher replied: “He was an offensive player, wasn’t he?
“He was a bit responsible himself under some contact – always contact, never a dive. I understand where it comes from.
“It’s only when players in my position who are defenders, England defenders who are commenting on the match…” before Micah Richards intervened, only for Thierry Henry to stop him and ask Carragher to continue.
Carragher said: “I can understand forwards thinking it was a penalty (addressing Henry) if I did, and Stevie was a forward. Perhaps she felt there was some contact.
“But as a defender we have to stick together, don’t we? We just felt that people were getting a little carried away.”
Micah Richards then said, “Names names.”
Carragher replied: “Rio Ferdinand. I am happy to call him a clown!
Henry was taken aback by Carragher’s comments, holding the papers to his face as Richards said he didn’t want to get involved.
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