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Sky sports suspends Jamie Carragher as he apologises for a ‘moment of madness’ on live TV for spitting at a 14-year-old girl from his car window

Sky sports suspends Jamie Carragher as he apologises for a ‘moment of madness’ on live TV for spitting at a 14-year-old girl from his car window.
Carragher who was due to resume duty from Sky Sports’ studios giving expert reaction to the Premier League fixture between Stoke and leaders Manchester City, but sources said that part of the show has been axed tonig
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In a statement, Sky Sports said: ‘Sky takes this matter extremely seriously and strongly condemns Jamie’s actions, we have made that clear to him in person today and suspended him from his duties.
It falls below the standards we expect of our people.’

On Monday he appeared on Sky News to apologise for his actions and said his attack was a ‘moment of madness’ as he bid to save his job, and his employers fought to save face over the shocking matter without immediately sacking him.

He confirmed that he had not offered his resignation to the broadcaster but has apologised to the family involved including the 14-year-old girl he made cry.

He said: ‘You can’t condone that behaviour no matter what in any shape or form. No matter who you’re representing as I was with Sky Sports.

‘A moment of madness which is difficult to explain. Watching those back it feels like an out of body madness for four or five seconds. No matter the circumstances you can’t behave like that.

‘To be honest that is when you’re thinking to yourself “why do you react because that’s part of being a public figure”. That’s the only time I will react. It’s devastating for the family and my family and myself.

‘I called the family, upset and disappointed. I spoke to the 14-year-old girl. That is my biggest regret for the 14-year-old girl to be caught in the middle of it with the altercation with the father. That devastates me the most that a young girl has become embroiled.’
JAMIE CARRAGHER’S LIVE TV APOLOGY

Exactly the same [when asked if it was disgusting]. You can’t condone that behaviour no matter what in any shape or form. No matter who you’re representing as I was with Sky Sports.

A moment of madness which is difficult to explain. Watching those back it feels like an out of body madness for four or five seconds. No matter the circumstances you can’t behave like that.

To be honest that is when you’re thinking to yourself ‘why do you react because that’s part of being a public figure’. That’s the only time I will react. It’s devastating for the family and my family myself. I called the family upset and disappointed. I spoke to the 14-year-old girl. That is my biggest regret for the 14-year-old girl to be caught in the middle of it with the altercation with the father. That devastates me the most that a young girl has become embroiled.

What I mean a young girl feels slightly worse. I have a daughter exactly the same age and if somebody had done that I would find it difficult. It is my biggest regret and all I can do right now is apologise. I have done that with the family and I would like to do that again.

It remains to be seen. That is Sky’s decision not my decision. What I would say is no doubt what I have done on Saturday after the game is disgusting. I am rightly being vilified because if someone done that in the Manchester United vs Liverpool game is that I would have to vilify them. I hope after 25 years in the public eye that four seconds of madness will be looked at as a huge mistake.

I haven’t offered my resignation. We are speaking to people at Sky to see what is best. I have brought shame on Sky as a broadcaster. It has brought the game into disrepute. You say about footballers, anyone in the public eye is a role model, and they do look at our actions. A lot of young people will see the video.

As I said it was difficult to explain. Four of five seconds of a moment of madness. I wish I can go back and change it but I obviously can’t. I want to speak to the family again and apologise. My own kids are disappointed and a little bit upset.

A poor message of not just being in the game of football. It is a poor message for everyone. It is a lowest of the low. I have never done it before and I can assure I won’t do it again. All I can do is apologise and try get back to who I was before.

I apologise because I know that it will put supporters and my family in a difficult position. But I want to apologise to the family itself because I have brought a 14-year-old girl into a media storm. I want to apologise to the family again and hopefully meet them face to face.

Well again it doesn’t matter if I say yes or no. That is down to the powers that be. Listen I can show people over the next days or weeks the real me. Hopefully the moment of madness will not cloud judgement. The real thing I am embarrassed is the daughter. My frustration was with the father. This is the difficult thing about because I don’t want to give an excuse but it did happen two or three times. It is part of being a public figure and I can’t explain why I reacted like that for the four or five seconds but it hasn’t happened before and it won’t happen again.

I will improve my behaviour going forward and apologise again. Yes it could have been and that is something how bad today has been for everyone the family sky sports myself it could have been a lot worst. It was coming out of a bust football stadium so it could have been a lot worst.

Asked if he thought he deserved to be sacked he said: ‘It remains to be seen. That is Sky’s decision not my decision. What I would say is no doubt what I have done on Saturday after the game is disgusting.

‘I am rightly being vilified because if someone done that in the Manchester United vs Liverpool game is that I would have to vilify them. I hope after 25 years in the public eye that four seconds of madness will be looked at as a huge mistake.’

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