Former England and Liverpool football player Jamie Carragher apologises for spitting incident

Sky Sports has suspended him for his unkind behaviour with a 14-year-old Manchester United supporter as his future as a pundit with the premier sports broadcaster lays hanging.

In footage widely shown on British media, Carragher is seen winding down the window of his auto and spitting at another vehicle following Liverpool's 2-1 loss to Manchester United on Saturday (March 10).

Asked to explain why he should remain with the broadcaster, Carragher, who said he has not offered his resignation, told Sky News: "There's no doubt what I have done is disgusting, I'm getting vilified and rightly so". Hopefully I can get the chance again to apologise or maybe meet up with the family to show how sorry I really am.

"I knew there was someone else in the vehicle, and I knew it was a female, but I didn't know it was a young girl. I hate that she was involved more than anything". "No matter the circumstances, you can't ever behave like that".

"But there's a little bit of context needed in thinking he saw a young girl and made a decision to spit at her, that's not quite how it was in his moment of madness".

"The biggest regret was that a young girl who wasn't involved was caught up in the incident". Again, all I can do right now is apologise as much as possible.

He then posted: "On a serious note, we all make mistakes, @Carra23 made a big one".

Describing the incident as "a moment of madness", Carragher added that he found it hard to explain. He's let himself down and all those around him down, because they know he's a good person and a good family man - he's a father to two kids, he has a daughter of his own. He's massively passionate about football and he's overstepped the mark and shouldn't have reacted.

Sky said Carragher's actions were "well below the standards we expect of our people".

Neville didn't excuse Carragher's behaviour, but said he shouldn't lose his job for what was an "isolated incident".

  • Angelo Rivera