Caption: Jamie Carragher arrives at London Euston train station (PA)Jamie Carragher has been suspended by Sky after he spat on a 14-year-old girl.
A video filmed on Saturday after Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester United shows the former England international spitting from his car window after being goaded about the result at Old Trafford.
Carragher has repeatedly apologised for the incident and has spoken to the family involved. However, that hasn’t stopped his employers taking action.
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Sky have suspended him indefinitely, starting with his appearance on Monday Night Football this evening.
He’s also been pulled from working on Danish TV channel TV3 who he was supposed to analyse Manchester United’s Champions League game against Sevilla on Tuesday.
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.’
Speaking on Sky News, Carragher called the incident a ‘moment of madness’.
‘Difficult to explain, the moment of madness. I lost it. I’ve apologised for it and I can’t take it back, as much as I want to. I can hopefully move forward,’ he said.
‘I can’t explain for those four or five seconds why I reacted like that. It never happened before and it won’t happen again. This whole incident, the family I’ve dragged them into and it’s devastating for them.’
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Carragher expressed regret at pulling a 14-year-old into the scandal.
‘A young girl who wasn’t involved in anything, is now getting embroiled.
‘A young girl feels slightly worse than me. I’ve got a daughter exactly the same age and it’s difficult to say how I would react if someone had done that.
‘The way that father sees his daughter is the way I see my daughter.
‘It is my biggest regret, getting involved in that type of situation.’
He added: ‘Hopefully I can get the chance to meet face to face with the family, and apologise to them again.’
Before he was suspended by Sky, Carragher was approached by reporters as he arrived at Euston station from Liverpool. He took that opportunity to apologise for his behaviour.
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Sky have not said for how long Carragher will be suspended, or given assurances over his long-term future. The broadcaster has a history of removing pundits, with Andy Gray and Richard Keys fired for making sexist comments in 2011.
Carragher is known for appearing alongside Gary Neville (Getty)Carragher remains hopeful he has a future with Sky.
‘Hopefully going forward I can show the real me. I don’t feel that was representative of the real me. Hopefully the general public, Sky can look at that and my 20-year career. And I’ve made mistakes in those 25 years, but this is a huge one.
‘I’ve haven’t offered that [my resignation]. No, I’m just speaking to people at Sky and working out the best way to go forward. They’ve made it known they are very disappointed. I’ve brought shame on them and football.’
TV3 Sport executive director Peter Nørrelund explains decision to drop Carragher…
‘It does not look good. He should have been at Old Trafford tomorrow for United-Sevilla, and we have chosen to sit over.
‘We have sent an employee to Liverpool so we can get the story from the horse’s mouth.
‘Whether it’s about the receptionist or Jamie Carragher, we do not fire people before we’ve heard them.
‘It does not look cool. But we are all people. We would like to hear him about it and hear what happened. Let’s get it in place first.’
Carragher has worked for Sky Sports since retiring from football in 2013.
His on-screen relationship with Gary Neville, with whom he had a fierce rivalry with when they were both playing, has made him one of the faces of the broadcaster.
Neville has expressed hope that his colleague will keep 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 40-year-old father of two is a regular on Monday Night Football and works as a co-commentator and pundit at the weekends.
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