Sky Sports suspends pundit Jamie Carragher following fan spitting incident

Carragher during a press conference. AP

The former Liverpool defender, and Sky pundit, arrived in London on Monday morning to meet with his bosses after he appeared to spit at a 14-year-old girl over the weekend.

The television pundit had been covering Liverpool's 2-1 loss to Manchester United for Sky on Saturday.

During an appearance on Sky News, after the spitting footage was aired on a big screen, Carragher called the incident a "moment of madness".

The incident happened on Saturday after Carragher left Old Trafford, where the former England global was working for Sky Sports at Manchester United's game against Liverpool.

Now Carragher has issued a full apology to the girl and her father, as he has confirmed he as been in touch with the duo to express his regret over the incident.

'That devastates me more than anything. I've got a daughter exactly the same age and, if someone had done that, it's hard for me to find the words (for) the way I would react or what I would say if I ever bumped into them, because the way that father sees his daughter is the way I see mine.

Carragher was due to go on air tonight for the Premier League match between Stoke City and Manchester City.

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On Twitter, Carragher wrote: "Totally out of order and I've apologised personally to all the family this evening".

"What I would say is there is no doubt what I have done is disgusting and I apologise for it", added Carragher.

He has been suspended by Sky Sport after they met with the 40-year-old about the incident.

The video of the incident, obtained by the Mirror, shows Carragher driving and signalling to the girl's father. I apologise for it. The former global footballer reacted by spitting him.

The swift decision by Sky to suspend Carragher comes with the European pay TV broadcaster targeted for a takeover and under scrutiny from British regulators.

Sky said Carragher's actions were "well below the standards we expect of our people".

"What I would hope for the public who have known me for nearly 25 years in the public eye is that five seconds of madness will not take over everything I've done now". They've made it be known there that they're very disappointed and understandably so.

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