Jamie Carragher arriving in London yesterday (PA)The family at the centre of the Jamie Carragher spitting scandal don’t want to see the pundit sacked by Sky Sports.
The Liverpool legend has been suspended by the broadcaster who said his behaviour fell ‘well below the standards we expect of our people’.
However, they stopped short of firing him for the incident that saw him spit from his car window onto a 14-year-old girl after being goaded by her father over Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester United.
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The family involved hope they don’t go as far as that.
The father told The Mirror: ‘We don’t want him to lose his job. It is not about that. We wanted an apology and explanation.
‘He seems contrite. Everyone makes mistakes, we are all human.’
His wife added: ‘He did seem extremely sorry.’
Statement from Sky
‘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.’
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Carragher has apologised profusely for his behaviour, making appearances on Sky, BBC and ITV in an attempt to make amends. He’s also spoken directly to the family, including the young girl.
Talking to Sky News, he said: ‘I have no excuse and it is devastating for the family involved and my own family, but it is my actions which have brought that on.
‘You can’t condone that behaviour. No matter what the circumstances, you cannot ever behave like that, it is just unacceptable.
‘There is no doubt what I have done is disgusting. I apologise for it.
‘Watching those clips back it feels like an out-of-body thing, that moment of madness for four or five seconds.’
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His Sky Sports colleague Gary Neville has also expressed hope that they will work together again.
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
Carragher revealed during his interviews he hadn’t offered his resignation but conceded his future was not in his own hands.
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