Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has been suspended from his role as a Sky Sports pundit after video footage emerged of him spitting towards a girl in a vehicle, the television company said on Monday.
Her father has told the Mirror newspaper that the former Liverpool defender had personally apologised and shown genuine remorse.
A video emerged of Liverpool legend Carragher spitting at a man and his 14-year-old daughter following the Reds' 2-1 defeat to bitter rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Carragher was suspended from his duties as a Sky Sports pundit after the incident, the broadcaster announced, saying that his actions were "well below the standards we expect of our people". He also dismissed Carragher's claims he did not see the girl because her seat was reclined. I wish she wasn't involved. "I'd like to apologise once more to them all".
Carragher, who attempted to explain his actions while offering a further public apology on Sky News on Monday, has said that he will accept whatever consequences comes his way. No matter what the circumstances, you can not ever behave like that, it is just unacceptable.
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"I would hope five seconds of madness will not take over everything of what I've done - I don't feel like that's a real representation of me".
"You can't obviously condone that behaviour no matter what. My biggest regret is for the 14-year-old girl to be caught in the middle of this, my altercation with the father". "I've got a daughter exactly the same age and I can't say how I'd react if someone did that to her".
The Countdown presenter branded the reaction to the Jamie Carragher spitting clip as "angry mob bullying" as she spoke to her 545,000 Twitter followers. I drove away at first and it just continued. "No excuses he's made a big mistake", tweeted former Manchester United star Neville.
"I've been on TV for 3 years with him and this isolated incident shouldn't stop us working together".