Chris Kamara feared he would ‘get in trouble’ with bosses after Sky Sports red card mishap

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Chris Kamara, 63, has opened up on his initial concerns immediately after his legendary Soccer Saturday blunder. The presenter and football analyst admitted in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk that he was worried he would “get in trouble” with Sky Sports bosses when he missed former Portsmouth midfielder Anthony Vanden Borre receiving a red card.

Whilst reporting on a match between Portsmouth and Blackburn, the former Leeds midfielder got himself into a spot of confusion over whether or not Vanden Borre had been sent off.

The famous moment took place when host Jeff Stelling spoke to Kamara at Fratton Park to report on the sending off, to which he replied: “I don’t know Jeff, I must have missed that. Was it a red card?”

The pundit later explained his baffled reaction to his giggling colleagues, exclaiming: “I saw him go off and I thought they were bringing a sub on Jeff!”

Chris, also known as Kammy, divulged while discussing taking part in the Kärcher challenge with Jimmy Bullard that he is now grateful that he made the mistake, despite his fears about being told off by producers at the time.

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When quizzed on whether it surprises him that the live TV moment from 2010 is still referenced so much, he said: “Of course I am! But I thank God really that it actually happened!

“We’d had a lot of fun at Sky right up until 2010 with me and Jeff, but that incident that I thought I was going to get in trouble for brought me into mainstream television.

“So I changed from being Chris Kamara of Sky Sports to Ninja Warrior and all these other TV programmes that I’ve been on and over 20 million people have watched it on the internet.”

Kammy went on to reveal he is now relieved he didn’t try to “bluff” on-air to cover up his error at the time, as viewers would have “seen through it”.

 

The star continued: “People always ask me, ‘Don’t you get fed up talking about it?’ 

“No I don’t, not at all, I just thank God I reacted in the way that I did and didn’t try to bluff anyone that I’d actually seen what was going on. 

“It’s real isn’t it? And if you try to cover it up by not telling the truth, people can see through you. So thankfully it went the right way.”

Kammy also addressed his future with Sky Sports after joining the presenting team in 1998.

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He revealed: “I never take anything for granted, I’ve got another year left on my contract but who knows after that. 

“Nothing’s forever, I played football for 22 years and I’m now into my 23rd year at Sky, so I’ve surpassed my playing and managing career.

“So I couldn’t be anymore delighted, and the public reaction towards me is, to coin a phrase, unbelievable!”

Meanwhile, football favourites Kammy and Jimmy Bullard recently took on a football-themed challenge with a twist – putting their ball control skills to the test by using the world’s first connected pressure washer, created by global cleaning experts Kärcher.

Speaking about the exciting challenge, Chris said: “Me and Jimmy went head to head on an obstacle course and I won! 

“It was brilliant, it was a real fun day, and everyone’s suffering with this pandemic, but fortunately I get these fun things to do still, and playing about with a Kärcher that was going to come in so well for my own personal use was great fun. 

“The actual K 7 itself, I can see people using it in the same way that I have.

“Obviously I’ve been busy, but certain sections of the stables I’ve been able to do are coming up brilliant, like new again, if it wasn’t for the cracks in the concrete you would have thought they were new!”

Global cleaning experts Kärcher have launched the next generation of pressure washers for 2021 which includes Smart Control Technology and a new app. The new range of Smart Control and Power Control Pressure Washers is available to purchase from www.karcher.co.uk   

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