Police to speak to spit-shame soccer star Jamie Carragher
Jamie Carragher has repeatedly apologised for his ‘moment of madness’.
Spit-shame soccer star Jamie Carragher will be spoken to by police investigating the incident which has seen him dropped from his £1m role as a Sky Sports pundit.
Carragher was filmed by another motorist, light-heartedly goading the Anfield legend after Liverpool’s loss to bitter rivals Manchester United last Saturday.
The 40-year-old ex-Liverpool and England defender then leaned out of the driver’s window of his Range Rover before spitting at the other car – hitting the other driver’s 14-year-old daughter in the face.
Sky Sports on Wednesday suspended Carragher from his job as TV pundit until the end of the season, a role reportedly worth £1 million.
On Wednesday a spokeswoman for Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said: “A police investigation has been launched and the owner of the footage has been spoken to.
“Attempts are being made to speak to all parties involved.”
A contrite Carragher has repeatedly apologised for his “moment of madness”, both to the other driver, Andy Hughes, his daughter, and football fans in general.
Saturday’s incident, following Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat, sparked disgust at the former player’s behaviour, while many Liverpool fans and others inside football, including fellow Sky pundit Gary Neville, have come out to defend Carragher.
But Sky Sports said Carragher would not be paid for the duration of his suspension and it had taken the decision to bench him following an internal review.
Sky said in a statement: “Jamie has taken full responsibility for what has happened and we will ensure he gets the help he needs to guarantee something like this never happens again.
“Before the start of the next season we will sit down with Jamie to discuss whether he is ready to return to his role.”
On Wednesday Carragher again apologised publicly and posted another message on Twitter, taking full responsibility, after it emerged that Mr Hughes and his family, from Colwyn Bay, North Wales, have received abuse and death threats.
Mr Hughes was warned by the police for using his phone to film Carragher while both were driving, but no further action will be taken against him, and the ex-England defender has asked his Twitter followers to “please leave the family alone”.