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Saturday 25th January 2020

Robbie Fowler exits The Jump after questioning safety

The show has a history of injuring celebrities

Former Liverpool footballer Robbie Fowler has exited Channel 4 series The Jump.

He thought that he would make it through to the final rounds but a bad run saw him eliminated.

He then said that he wasn't confident about the safety of it, which may have led him to failing.

After missing out, he said: “I’m not saying I could have won it, but I certainly think I could have got to the final."

The 41-year-old said that he was in the wrong frame of mind as he took on the nerve-wracking sky jump because he had asked a trainer at the last moment if it was definitely safe.

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He said: “It was the first time I had asked and everyone okayed it.

“But then I just went... I mistimed the jump.

"I tried to ski down on one leg and get over the blue line but it wasn’t to be and I ended up face-planting the snow.

“I’m a team player and I always want to be involved, so I’m a bit gutted.”

The Channel 4 show has a history of injuries, that has seen many celebrities leave in the back of ambulance.

Robbie spoke out about his thoughts on the safety issues that dogged the show.

Responding to criticism of the programme, he said: “All these people who come out and say it’s not safe are absolutely ridiculous.

“If it’s dangerous then they don’t let you do it, the people who run the show have respect for the individual who is about to perform.

“If you do everything properly under the right tuition then everything is fine.

“I could go onto a football pitch and get injured – anything you do in any walk of life potentially has something there that could become a little bit adverse.”

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His comments came less than a week after the news that retired cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins had broken his leg during the competition.

Describing Sir Bradley as an important member of the show, Robbie said: “We are all gutted but what happened, happened.”

Robbie added: “I’ve had a ball and I would absolutely love to do it again.

“Seven weeks ago I had never been on a ski, but I’ve had my family out and I think skiing holidays are my new favourite now.”