(Soccer) Ex-England player Jamie Carragher turfed for spitting at teenage girlSports | 13 Mar 2018 2:23 pm
A former England and Liverpool soccer player has been suspended from his role as a TV pundit at British broadcaster Sky News after he was captured on video spitting at full throttle at a 14-year-old girl from his car.
Jamie Carragher, the ex-Liverpool defender has admitted the "disgusting'' attack and apologized.
But calls are growing for his sacking.
In the video, which was filmed after Carragher's former club lost 2-1 at Old Trafford and obtained by the Daily Mirror, the 40-year-old can be seen driving his black SUV as a Manchester United fan notices him and beeps his horn, Sky News reports.
The car driver says: "There's Jamie's Carragher there, look," before shouting "2-1, 2-1, unlucky Jamie lad, 2-1 lad."
At that point Carragher, who has wound down his window, spits towards the car.
The 14-year-old daughter of the Manchester United fan, who was sitting in the front passenger seat of the car, can be heard saying she was hit in the face by the spit.
The Independent in London reports that the girl can be heard shouting "He spat at me” before her father replies: "How? Oooh. Nice. Jamie Carragher spat at my daughter. Nice, very nice, Jamie Carragher!”
The video ends with the teenage girl growing increasingly upset and adding: "Will you stop it now?”
Carragher will have disciplinary talks with Sky this week in a bid to save his job.
Speaking to Sky News, the ex-Liverpool defender called it "a moment of madness.''
Carragher, who said his behavior "cannot be condoned", personally called the family on Sunday to apologize and said his "biggest regret was that a young girl was caught up in the middle of the altercation.''
The football analyst, who has a daughter the same age as the girl who was caught up in the incident, says that he thinks "a young girl would feel worse" in such a situation and said he "would find it hard to know what he would say or how he would react" if such a thing had happened to his own daughter, Sky News reports.
Admitting "what I've done is disgusting", he said "if someone had done what I had done on the pitch I would vilify them.''-Photo: Daily Mirror,UK.