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Sky Sports suspends ex-Liverpool defender and pundit Jamie Carragher after teenage girl spitting incident

Jamie Carragher arrives at London Euston train station to meet with Sky Sports after he appeared to spit at a 14-year-old girl after Manchester United beat Liverpool 2-1 at Old Trafford on Saturday PICTURE: Dominic Lipinski/PA

FORMER Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has been suspended from his duties as a Sky Sports analyst after the spitting at a teenage girl in a car was "four or five seconds of madness".

Carragher (40), has said he will "apologise again properly" over the incident at the weekend.

He arrived in London to meet with his bosses at Sky Sports after he appeared to spit at a 14-year-old girl.

In a video of the incident, the teenage girl's father repeatedly mentioned the score in the match between Manchester United and Liverpool at the weekend and Carragher is heard to say, "Alright", before appearing to spit at the car alongside his.

He said today as he arrived at Euston station in London from Liverpool: "I'll speak to the family again. I'm sorry. I'll apologise again today properly."

Asked if he had seen the girl in the car, he replied: "I didn't to be honest, she was leant back. I wish she wasn't involved. I hate that she was involved more than anything."

Carragher was suspended as a Sky Sports pundit after spitting at the girl, the broadcaster announced.

He described the incident as "a moment of madness" in an interview on Sky News.

"It was almost an out of body thing but you can't ever behave like that, it's unacceptable," he said.

"A moment of madness for four or five seconds. No matter what the circumstances you can't ever behave like that.

"My biggest regret is for the 14-year-old girl to be caught in the middle 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."

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

Carragher said in the interview: "If someone had done what I had done on the pitch I would vilify them."

And he said the incident did not represent "the real me", adding: "I have brought shame on the name of football. I was a role model, people looked up to me."

His fellow pundit Gary Neville said this was an "isolated incident" and hoped he would be able to continue in his role.

Neville tweeted: "I've just watched Carra23 say sorry. No excuses he's made a big mistake. He's massively passionate about football and he's overstepped the mark and shouldn't have reacted."

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