Former Liverpool star Jamie Carragher SUSPENDED by Sky for spitting at Man Utd fans
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has been suspended by Sky Sports after being filmed spitting at a 14-year-old football fan.
Footage emerged of the Bootle-born star caught on camera in a row with Manchester United fans after Liverpool lost 2-1 at Old Trafford on Saturday lunchtime.
Carragher issued a public apology for his "totally out of order behaviour" and Sky Sports confirmed they would be addressing the matter with him.
This afternoon, the broadcaster issued a statement 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
Mobile phone footag e showed Carragher - who made over 700 appearances for LFC in a 16-year-Anfield career - took offence to taunting about the result from the girl's father and later apologised for his actions, admitting that he had gone too far.
In a tweet on Sunday night, Carragher apologised for his behaviour, writing: "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."Video Loading Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8Cancel Play now
Carragher is also a columnist for the Daily Telegraph having previously written for the Daily Mail.
He was seen on the Saturday broadcast visibly angered by Jurgen Klopp's sid e's display at Old Trafford, highlighting a naivety in allowing United to earn cheap fouls.
Man Utd 2-1 Liverpool
The 40-year-old was due to appear on Sky Sports' flagship football broadcast Monday Night Football alongside Gary Neville and Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers.
Apologising f or his actions in a live Sky News interview, Carragher said: "You canât obviously condone that behaviour no matter what. In any way shape or form, where you are, who you represent.
"Iâve let Sky Sports down, my family and the family involved. It was a moment of madness, itâs difficult for me to explain.
"Itâs just that moment of madness for four or five seconds. No matter the circumstances, you canât ever behave like that.
"Itâs the only time Iâve reacted like that, will ever react like that. Iâve got no excuse. I called the family and they were upset.
"The biggest regret, certainly, is for the 14 year old girl to be caught in the middle of this, and my altercation with the father.
"Itâs my biggest devastation that a young 14 year old has become embroiled in this.
"Iâve got a daughter the same age...itâs difficult to find the words for the way Iâd react.
"It is my biggest regret of course, but all I can do right now is apologise. I canât go back. Hopefully they accept that. Iâd like to apologise once more to them all.
"I havenât offered my resignation. Iâm just talking to people at Sky and going forward and theyâve made it be known that theyâre very disappointed. Iâve brought shame on Sky.
"I t sends out a poor message. Not just for football, but for everyone out there.
âIts the lowest of the low. Spitting was that as a kid. Iâve never done it before, Iâll never do it again.
"All I can do is apologise and go back to being the man Iâve always been. Iâve put friends and supporters in an awkward position.
"I apologise to the family involved most importantly. Theyâve been dragged into the media storm. Hopefully I get the chance again to face the family and show how sorry I really am.
"Hopefully I can show people over the next days and weeks the real me. Hopefully a moment of madness wonât clown peopleâs judgment of me, my character, my career.
"The big thing Iâm disappointed in, obviously, is the daug hter.
"I donât want to give a reason or an excuse. It happened two or three times, but Iâve had that. Thatâs part of being a public figure and Iâve never reacted like that.
"I canât explain why I reacted like that...itâs not happened before, it wonât happen again. Itâs devastating for them (the family), itâs devastating for me and my family.
âI must try to improve my actions moving forward."Source: Google News