Jamie Carragher apologises for spitting incident and 'moment of madness'

Carragher, one of Britain's best-known football pundits, has been suspended by Sky after footage emerged of him spitting through his vehicle window at a 14-year-old girl who was goading him about Liverpool's 2-1 defeat at Manchester United. "I shouldn't have done it but I was thinking what is a grown man doing, carrying on like that two or three times with his daughter in the auto?" said Carragher according to The Mirror.

Carragher made 737 appearances for Liverpool and won 38 England caps.

At that point Carragher, who wound down his window, spits towards the vehicle. The dad can then be heard shouting: "Unlucky Jamie lad". I was goaded 3/4 times along the motorway while being filmed & lost my rag.

Speaking to the BBC on Monday, he said: "It looks terrible and I accept that".

"I would have been suspended and I certainly wouldn't expect to be on television again". "This is a bad stain on my character and my career".

"If I was watching someone do that, I'd be commenting or tweeting about it myself", he said.

SG: It doesn't matter who it was.

Gary Neville - with whom Carragher has formed a highly-regarded punditry duet - said this was an "isolated incident" and hoped he would be able to continue in his role. I spoke to him and he was flat. I apologise for it.

"[It was] a moment of madness, it is hard to explain".

"Hopefully I can show people over these next days and weeks the real me and hopefully a moment of madness will not cloud their judgement".

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"That family won't be used to the media storm and being dragged into it". Again, I've just got no excuse. He had been there working for Sky Sports at Manchester United's game against Liverpool. "It's the lowest of the low", Carragher said. They have made it be known they are very disappointed and I understand that. The way that father sees is daughter, the way I see his daughter, that's my biggest regret.

"I love my job and would love the opportunity to stay". I drove away at first and it just continued.

The swift decision by Sky to suspend Carragher comes with the European pay TV broadcaster targeted for a takeover and under scrutiny from British regulators.

"Jamie should have been at Old Trafford for us and we have taken him off that", TV3's head of sport Peter Norrelund told Danish publication BT.

"I want to listen to his version", he said.

The 40-year-old described the incident, which took place in the aftermath of his former club's 2-1 defeat to Manchester United at the weekend, as "a moment of madness".

He winced and nearly broke down as he was taken to task by interviewer Sarah Hewson during the TV spectacle, as he made a desperate bid to save his job and his reputation. "He's massively passionate about football and he's overstepped the mark and shouldn't have reacted", he wrote.

In an interview on Sky Sports News, Carragher admitted he has "brought shame on the name of football". That probably devastates me a little bit more than anything else, really, that a young girl who wasn't involved in anything, really, has now become embroiled in this.

But what I would hope, not just for Sky but for the public who have known me for possibly nearly 25 years since I started playing for Liverpool, is that five seconds of madness won't take over everything of what I've done. How has the lad driving it not driven after Jamie, rammed him, dragged him out of the auto and beat seven. you know what I mean.

"He has said himself he's a father and he wouldn't be happy with someone spitting at his daughter".

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