Carragher suspended for rest of football season

Sky Sports analyst Jamie Carragher has been suspended for the rest of the football season after spitting at a family’s car.

Sky made the move after mobile phone footage emerged that showed the former England defender spitting towards the open window of the car.

A Sky Sports spokesman said: “Following an internal review, Sky has suspended Jamie Carragher for the remainder of the football season.

“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.”

Sky News understands that he has been suspended without pay.

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 to apologise and said his “biggest regret was that a young girl was caught up in the middle of the altercation”.

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Carragher: My ‘moment of madness’

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”.

On Monday, Carragher wrote on his Twitter account: “Totally out of order & Ive apologised personally to all the family this evening. I was goaded 3/4 times along the motorway while being filmed & lost my rag. No excuse apologies.”

In the video, which was filmed after Carragher’s former club lost 2-1 at Old Trafford and obtained by the Daily Mirror, the 40-year-old pundit can be seen driving his black SUV as a Manchester United fan spots him and beeps his horn.

Carragher moments before launching the spitting attack

Carragher spits at car after being heckled

The car driver says: “There’s Jamie’s Carragher there, look,” before shouting “2-1, 2-1, unlucky Jamie lad, 2-1 lad.”

At that point Carragher, who has wound down his window, spits towards the car.

The 14-year-old daughter of the Manchester United fan, who was sitting in the front passenger seat of the car, can be heard saying she was hit in the face by the spit.

When asked on Sky News 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.”

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He went on: “I’ve made mistakes in my 25 year career, but this is the worst one.”

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