The former Liverpool star played the full 90 minutes of the charity clash at the Etihad Stadium, but was the subject of criticism after the game after footage showed him kicking Kem Cetinay in the chest
The Etihad turf was littered with both footballing stars and celebrities from all different industries, Carragher lining up at centre-back for the England outfit alongside long-time punditry partner Gary Neville, though they went on to lose 3-0 to the World XI.
Carragher was the subject of complaints on social media following the game after replays showed the ex-Anfield favourite kick TV personality Kem Cetinay in the chest mid-way through the second half.
After being introduced at the beginning of the second half, Cetinay enjoyed quite the individual battle testing himself against former England international Carragher.
With the contest still finely posed in the aftermath of Cetinay’s first strike, Carragher seemed to deliberately leave his leg out after a brief tussle with the ball, intending to kick his opponent as he fell to the floor – something that did not go down well with the viewers at home.
One twitter user wrote: “WTF…Jamie Carragher literally just smacked Kem in the face when he was through on goal then. What’s his problem?! It’s a charity match mate!”
Another fan claimed: “Recorded Soccer Aid and just watched it, Carragher was embarrassing. Totally lost it ’cause [Tom] Grennan and Kem played well against him. Used to like him but that was pathetic behaviour'”
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One fan seemed to think Carragher was lucky his actions evaded the the view of referee Mark Clattenburg, writing: “#SoccerAid Carragher a disrespectful game and should have been red carded, an absolute disgrace in a charity match.”
Hilariously, a twitter user who is clearly a Liverpool fan wrote: “We genuinely should’ve signed Carragher last season when we had no centre halves,” in reference to the Reds injury crisis at the back last season.