Jamie Carragher has been suspended by Sky after he was filmed spitting at a football fan’s car after being heckled.
Speaking to Sky News, the ex-Liverpool defender called it “a moment of madness”.
Carragher, who said his behaviour “cannot be condoned” personally called the family on Sunday, and said his “biggest regrets was that a young girl was caught up in the middle of the altercation”.
When shown the mobile phone footage, which was shot following Liverpool’s defeat to Manchester United on Saturday, he said it “felt like an out of body experience – a moment of madness for four or five seconds”.
The football analyst, who has a daughter the same age as the girl who was caught up in the incident, says that he thinks “a young girl would feel worse” in such a situation and said he “would find it hard to know what he would say or how he would react” if such a thing had happened to his own daughter.
Admitting “what I’ve done is disgusting”, he said “if someone had done what I had done on the pitch I would vilify them”.
When asked if he felt he deserved his privileged position as the face of football, he said he did not believe the incident “represented the real me”, saying “I have brought shame on the name of football. I was a role model, people looked to me.”
He went on: “I’ve made mistakes in my 25 year career, but this is the worst one”.
When he was asked what his children thought of his behaviour, Carragher became visibly upset, welling up with tears.
He went on to say, “hopefully I can get the chance to meet face to face with the family, and apologise to them again”.
A statement from Sky Sports said: “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.”