Family of girl spat on by Jamie Carragher urge Sky not to sack him
The family of the teenage girl spat at by Jamie Carragher have urged Sky not to sack the former Liverpool player.
The football pundit was suspended by the broadcaster on Monday after footage emerged showing him spitting at a 14-year-old Manchester United fan and her dad.
The incident is believed to have happened on a road close to Old Trafford following United's 2-1 victory over Liverpool.
After being shown the Mirrorâs Âexclusive footage of the spit shame, Carragher 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 eve r 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
But the girlâs parents have now urged Sky not to axe him permanently.Video Loading Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8Cancel Play now
Her 42-year-old dad told the Mirror : 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
Sky issued a statement on Monday lunchtime saying: âSky takes this matter extremely seriously and strongly condemns Jamieâs actions, we have made that clear to him in person today and suspended him from his duties.
âIt falls well below the standards we expect of our people.â
Danish channel TV3 Sport have also removed Carragher as summariser for Manchester United's Champions League clash with Sevilla on Tuesday night.
Gary Neville, who works with Carragher as a pundit on Sky Sports, said he believed it was an âisolated incidentâ.
He also said it shouldnât stop the pair working together.
Neville tweeted: "Iâve just watched @Carra23 say sorry.
"No excuses heâs made a big mistake. Heâs massively passionate about football and heâs overstepped the mark and shouldnât have reacted.
"Iâve been on TV for 3 years wi th him and imo this isolated incident shouldnât stop us working together."Source: Google News