Carragher suspended by Sky over spitting

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Former Liverpool player and Sky Sports TV pundit Jamie Carragher. Screengrab © Sky News

Jamie Carragher has been suspended from his TV punditry work for the rest of the season by Sky after a video emerged of him spitting at a taunting football fan while driving.

The incident occurred after Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday, with Carragher shown to have spat in the direction of another motorist.

Carragher, who played more than 700 times for the Reds, has carved out a successful new broadcasting career working alongside Gary Neville on Sky Sports, but that now hangs in the balance.

Sky held talks with the ex-England defender on Monday following a video coming to light via the Mirror newspaper of him spitting towards a car while being filmed. The other driver’s teenage daughter was said to have been hit in the face by his spittle.

Bootle-born Carragher told Sky News that he was “appalled” by his own actions, which he described as “totally out of character”.

YouTube: Guardian

He said: “You can’t condone that behaviour in any way, shape or form – no matter who you are. It was a moment of madness. It’s the only time I have ever reacted like that.

“I called and apologised [to the family] last night. My biggest regret is causing a 14-year-old girl to be involved in something like this. That devastates me more than anything else does.

“I’ve got a daughter the same age and it’s difficult to put into words how I’d react in that situation. Obviously the father feels the same way about his daughter as I do mine.”

As the media storm grew, his current employers released a statement, saying: “Sky takes this matter extremely seriously and strongly condemns Jamie’s actions. We have made that clear to him in person today and suspended him from his duties. It falls well below the standards we expect of our people.”

When asked what the incident meant for his career, Carragher said: “It remains to be seen. It’s Sky’s decision, not mine, but there’s no doubt what I have done after the game was disgusting.”

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