Mick McCarthy and Shay Given lead tributes to ‘inspirational’ Sky Sports News presenter Fraser Robertson who died aged 47 after comeback from major illness
- Fraser Robertson joined Sky Sports News as one of the founding reporters
- Broke infamous news of Roy Keane being sent home from 2002 World Cup
- Ireland boss Mick McCarthy said: ‘It’s very sad. I really feel for his family’
- Mr Robertson was also hailed as an ‘inspiration’ and ‘bloody good journalist’
Sports presenter Fraser Robertson has been hailed as an ‘inspiration’ and a ‘bloody good journalist’ following his death aged 47 after he returned from a major illness.
Mr Robertson, who leaves behind a wife and young daughter, worked for STV in Scotland before joining Sky Sports News as one of the founding reporters.
He regularly covered the Republic of Ireland and broke the infamous news that Roy Keane had been sent home from their training camp at the 2002 World Cup.
Sky Sports News presenter Fraser Robertson has been hailed as an ‘inspiration’ after his death
Mick McCarthy, who was manager of Ireland at the time of the tournament in Japan and is again now, said: ‘It’s very sad. I really feel for his family.
‘He was a great lad. I used to laugh with him because he used to always end his reports with that ‘Sky Sports News’ line.
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‘I always repeated it to him any time I saw him. It’s just very, very sad and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family.’
Mr Robertson was described by ex-colleague Bryan Swanson as an ‘inspiration’, who added: ‘Gutted we have lost Fraser Robertson at such a young age.
‘A journalist with integrity, enthusiasm and who cared passionately about Sky Sports News. Rest in peace, Fraser, you were an inspiration.’
The journalist, who died from natural causes, was also praised by Newcastle United and Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given, who said he was ‘sorry’ to hear the news.
He added: ‘Did lots of interviews with him over the years. Great man. Way to young to pass, thoughts and prayers with his family and friends. RIP.’
Former colleague Adam Leventhal paid tribute to Mr Robertson, saying: ‘So sad to have lost Fraser Robertson so young.
‘A journalist always committed to the cause, digging and eager to get the stories. Full of energy off camera too and on the golf course. Thoughts with his family at a terrible time.’
And former Sky Sports presenter David Tanner and friend of Mr Robertson tweeted: ‘I’m heartbroken that Fraser Robertson, my oldest pal in journalism, has died.
‘We met at Napier Uni as kids and grew up together at STV & Sky. He’s always been there, always wearing that big grin.
‘A fine journalist with an eye for a story, never happier than when offering help to teammates: generously sharing his time, vast knowledge and ideas.
‘Fraz loved sport & TV, working in both gave him structure in life, especially after his comeback from major illness. We’ve lost a lovely man. I can’t believe he’s gone and I’m so terribly sad for his family.’
Current Sky Sports Premier League presenter David Jones said: ‘Desperately sad, and he was a bloody good journalist David.’
Mr Jones’s colleague, Kelly Cates, who is also a Premier League presenter said: ‘I’m so sorry to hear this David.
‘He was a lovely man and a big part of those early Sky Sports News days. Thinking of you.’
And former Ireland striker Clinton Morrison tweeted: ‘Rip Fraser Robertson such sad news.
‘I will remember all the good chats and the laughs we had with Ireland for Sky Sports. You was a good man, you will be sorely missed.’
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