JAMIE CARRAGHER was forced to make a grovelling apology on Sky News yesterday after being caught on camera spitting at a 14-year-old girl.
In a gruelling live interview which dragged on for 13 minutes, the football pundit repeatedly said he was sorry for what he described as a ‘moment of madness’ — hours after he was suspended by Sky Sports and Danish channel TV3 Sport.
A motorist had filmed himself goading the ex-Liverpool star after the side’s defeat to Manchester United on Saturday. In the clip published by the Daily Mirror, Carragher — driving alongside — is seen to be spitting towards the teenage girl in the car.
Carragher (pictured) admitted he had ‘brought shame’ on football and said he had phoned the man and his daughter, whose identities have not been revealed, to apologise.
‘There’s no doubt what I have done is disgusting, I apologise for it,’ said Carragher, who has a daughter the same age as the girl he spat at. ‘I’m getting vilified and rightly so because if someone in a game had done that I’d have vilified them for the next few days.
‘But what I’d hope, not just for Sky, but the public… is that five seconds of madness will not take over everything from what I’ve done [in the past].’
The ex-England player also appeared close to tears as he spoke of how his children were ‘disappointed’ in him.
Former footballer Joey Barton criticising Carragher for his ‘inappropriate’ behaviour — but also called the motorist a ‘muppet’ for using his phone to film while driving.
Sky Sports said it takes the matter ‘extremely seriously’ and added Carragher’s actions fell ‘well below the standards we expect’.