Jamie Carragher issues apology after his apparent dig at Newcastle
By Amir Mir
Jamie Carragher apologised on Twitter after making reference to Newcastle’s stadium name change from St James’ Park to the Sports Direct Arena.
Rafa Benitez’ side recorded a 6-0 win against Preston on Tuesday night, with an incredible 49,042 supporters watching the EFL Cup fixture.
TV pundit Carragher highlighted that attendance, while talking about their chances of winning the League Cup as a pundit on Sky.
“You look at the result last night and the crowd they got at St James’ Park – or whatever it’s called these days,” Carragher told Sky Sports, as quoted by the Chronicle.
“They have gone so long without winning a trophy.”
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His comments did not go down well with the Toon Army faithful, who informed Carragher that despite the brief stadium name change, they still called it St James’ Park.
Carragher was then forced to apologise on his personal Twitter account, as he explained what he was really trying to say:
Can tell @Carra23 absolutely despises Newcastle with that sly comment about the ground just there, loves a little pop at us.
— Sam (@samjohnson0111) October 26, 2016
I quite like you that's why I highlighted the attendance last night! Apologies to all my new Geordie friends on twitter about SJP!! https://t.co/xuUlEQIiep
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) October 26, 2016
The Magpies owner Mike Ashley renamed the famous stadium in 2011, before changing it back to its original name, following a furious reaction from supporters.
Benitez’ side are top of the Championship table, with 31 points from 14 games, as they have won ten games this season.
They travel to Deepdale to take on Preston on Saturday afternoon, as they look to extend their three point lead at the top of the table.
In other Newcastle news, club legend Alan Shearer has expressed on Twitter how much the Magpies want a cup run.