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Moment of madness: Jamie Carragher reacts as Sky suspend pundit following spit controversy

Jamie Carragher appeared to spit at Manchester United fans
Jamie Carragher appeared to spit at Manchester United fans

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher has been suspended from his job.

The former Liverpool defender earlier apologised after video footage emerged of him spitting at two Manchester United fans following Liverpool's defeat at Old Trafford on Saturday.

At first, it appears Carragher is smiling at the United fans, reported to be a 14-year-old girl and her father, but then winds his window down and spits at their car. The young girl is then heard saying the spit had hit her.

In a live interview on Sky News on Monday afternoon, Carragher, who called the family on Sunday, said: "It was a moment of madness that is difficult to explain. Watching those clips back is like an out of body experience. No matter what the circumstances, you can't ever behave like that.

"There are loads of regrets but for a 14-year-old girl to be caught up, it devastates me more than anything else. A young girl who wasn't involved in anything, has now been embroiled in this. All I can do is apologise as much as I can.

"It's part of being a public figure and I've never reacted like that before. It won't happen again. I can't explain why I've reacted like that. This whole sorry incident I've dragged that family into is devastating for them, devastating for my family and it's all down to me."

Carragher's Sky Sports colleague Gary Neville, meanwhile says he sees no reason the pair can't work together again.

He tweeted: "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".

After Carragher was suspended from his role, he was asked what happens next.

"It remains to be seen. That is Sky's decision, not my decision," he said.

"I'm speaking with people and Sky and working out what is best for me and for Sky. I've brought shame on the name of Sky Sports.

"There is no doubt what I have done is disgusting. I apologise for it. I'm getting vilified and rightly so. If someone had done that during the game, I would have vilified them.

"I have been known for 25 years in the public eye. That five seconds will not take over everything that I've done. Hopefully going forward I can show the real me. I don't think that is a real representation of me.

"I've made mistakes in those 25 years but this mistake is a huge one. This a bad stain on me, my character, my career."

Carragher was also asked what his own family thought of the situation and appeared visibly upset.

A Sky Sports statement said: "Sky takes this matter extremely seriously and strongly condemns Jamie's actions. We have made this 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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