LONDON (AFP) – TV pundit and former Liverpool and England defender Jamie Carragher blamed a “moment of madness” after he was caught on digicam spitting in direction of a 14-year-old lady in a moving automobile.
In footage extensively proven on British media, Carragher is seen winding down the window of his automobile and spitting at one other car following Liverpool’s 2-1 loss to Manchester United on Saturday (March 10).
Reports stated that a few of Carragher’s spit hit the face of the lady, who was sitting within the passenger seat. A male voice could be heard saying “unlucky Jamie lad, 2-1!” earlier than Carragher spits.
Carragher, 40, apologised to the household and later stated his behaviour had been “unacceptable” though he insisted he had not seen the lady within the entrance of the automobile.
“I’ll speak to the family again. I’m sorry. I’ll apologise again today (Monday) properly,” stated Carragher.
“I didn’t to be honest (see the girl), she was leant back. I wish she wasn’t involved. I hate that she was involved more than anything.”
British broadcaster Sky Sports introduced Carragher – who is understood for his charity work – had been suspended from his punditry job including his actions have been “well below the standards we expect of our people”.
“It was almost an out-of-body thing but you can’t ever behave like that, it’s unacceptable,” he instructed Sky News on Monday.
“A second of insanity for 4 or 5 seconds. No matter what the circumstances you’ll be able to’t ever behave like that.
“My greatest remorse is for the 14-year-old lady to be caught in the midst of it.
“That devastates me more than anything. I’ve got a daughter exactly the same age and I can’t say how I’d react if someone did that to her.”
Carragher stated the incident didn’t symbolize “the real me”.
“I have brought shame on the name of football. I was a role model, people looked up to me,” he stated.
Gary Neville – with whom Carragher has shaped a highly-regarded punditry duet – stated this was an “isolated incident” and hoped he would be capable of proceed in his function.
“I’ve just watched Carra23 say sorry. No excuses he’s made a big mistake,” tweeted former Manchester United star Neville.
“He’s massively obsessed with soccer and he is overstepped the mark and should not have reacted.
“I’ve been on TV for 3 years with him and this isolated incident shouldn’t stop us working together.”