Jamie Carragher has said he will “apologise again properly” over a spitting incident at the weekend.
The former Liverpool defender arrived in London to meet with his bosses at Sky Sports after he appeared to spit at a 14-year-old girl.
In a video of the incident, the teenage girl’s father repeatedly mentioned the score in the match between Manchester United and Liverpool this weekend and Carragher is heard to say, “Alright”, before appearing to spit at the car alongside his.
Sky announced on Monday that the pundit had been suspended.
Fellow pundit Gary Neville condemned his partner’s actions, but said that he did not deserve to lose his job.
I’ve just watched Carra23 say sorry. No excuses he’s made a big mistake . He’s massively passionate about football and he’s overstepped the mark and shouldn’t have reacted . I’ve been on TV for 3 years with him and imo this isolated incident shouldn’t stop us working together
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) March 12, 2018
The former Liverpool defender described the incident as “a moment of madness” in an interview on Sky News.
Carragher said: “It was almost an out of body thing but you can’t ever behave like that, it’s unacceptable.
“A moment of madness for four or five seconds. No matter what the circumstances you can’t ever behave like that.
“My biggest regret is for the 14-year-old girl to be caught in the middle of it. That devastates me more than anything. I’ve got a daughter exactly the same age and I can’t say how I’d react if someone did that to her.”
Sky said Carragher’s actions were “well below the standards we expect of our people”.
Carragher said in the interview: “If someone had done what I had done on the pitch I would vilify them.”
And he said the incident did not represent “the real me”, adding: “I have brought shame on the name of football. I was a role model, people looked up to me.”
"I'd like to apologise" says Jamie Carragher after being filmed spitting at a fan's car pic.twitter.com/jM6AVIIusK
— Sky News (@SkyNews) March 12, 2018
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