Family of girl, 14, spat on by Jamie Carragher beg Sky Sports not to sack shamed football pundit
Jamie Carragher today branded his own actions disgusting - as the family of the 14-year-old girl he spat on begged Sky Sports not to sack him.
The Liverpool legend was close to tears as he went on TV to again Âapologise for the shameful behaviour caught on a mobile phone camera by the teen's girlâs dad.
He has been suspended by Sky Sport after they met with the 40-year-old about the incident.
But the youngsterâs parents begged Sky not to sack the football pundit, insisting he had shown genuine remorse after contacting them to say sorry.
Carragher spat on the Manchester United fanâs forehead after his former club lost to the Red Devils at Old ÂTrafford on Saturday. He claims he was goaded by her dad over the defeat.
But after being shown the Mirrorâs Âexclusive footage of the spit shame, he told Sky News: âI have no excuse and it is Âdevastating for the family involved and my own family, but it is my actions which have brought that on.
"You canât condone that behaviour. No matter what the circumstances, you cannot ever behave like that, it is just unacceptable.
âThere is no doubt what I have done is disgusting. I apologise for it.
âWatching those clips back it feels like an out-of-body thing, that moment of madness for four or five seconds.â
Asked what sort of message he sent out, the dad-of-two added: âA poor message. It is the lowest of the low.â
Carragher, who has not offered to quit, was asked if he sh ould keep his reportedly Â£1million-a-year job analysing football with ex-United player Gary Neville.
He said: âIt is not my decision. I am speaking to people at Sky.
âThey are very Âdisappointed. What I would hope is five seconds of madness would not take over everything.âVideo Loading Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8Cancel Play now
In a later ITV interview, Carragher called the incident âthe biggest mistake Iâve madeâ.
But the girlâs parents still urged Sky not to axe him.
Her 42-year-old dad said: âWe donât want him to lose his job. It is not about that. We wanted an apology and Âexplanation.
"He seems contrite. Everyone makes mistakes, we are all human.â
His wife, 38, added: âHe did seem extre mely sorry.â
Carragher was due to present Skyâs Monday Night Football programme.
But the firm said: âJamie Carragher has been suspended from his duties as a football analyst for Sky after he was filmed spitting at a family in their car.â
Neville also pleaded with bosses to keep his co-star, despite admitting he âoverstepped the markâ. He tweeted: âIn my humble opinion this isolated incident shouldnât stop us working together.â
But other football figures disagreed. Former Wimbledon star Vinny Jones said: âHow has the lad not driven after Jamie, rammed him, dragged him out and beat seven... you know what I mean.
"There is no sitting on the fence, Jamie is down the road, down the job centre.â
Sports Minister Tracey Crouch added: âSpitting is disgusting. Sky are right to have taken the decision they hav e.âSource: Google News