Spitting Carragher on the ropes

Jamie Carragher

GETTY LET HIM BACK The girl's dad is pleading with Sky Sports to give Carragher his role back

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher was suspended as a soccer analyst by the Sky television network on Monday after being filmed spitting in the direction of a 14-year-old girl through his auto window.

The former Liverpool defender has been suspended by the broadcaster after he was filmed spitting at a Manchester United fan following Liverpool's 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford on Saturday.

During the incident, the 14-year-old was sat in the passenger seat while her father was driving alongside Carragher, goading him about the game.

Carragher has made appearances on Sky, BBC and ITV to apologise for his behaviour and does seem to appear genuinely sorry for his actions as he tries to make amends and rebuild his reputation.

Carragher said the incident did not represent "the real me". I spoke to him and he was flat.

The father has told the Mirror: "We don't want him to lose his job".

Carragher has since apologised for his actions and has spoken directly to the family involved about what happened, saying his actions were 'totally out of order and unacceptable'.

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"There are times in life where we mess up and we do things we regret big time. You can't turn back the clock".

Carragher, 40, apologised to the family and later said his behaviour had been "unacceptable" although he insisted he had not seen the girl in the front of the vehicle. "It falls well below the standards we expect of our people". I wish she wasn't involved.

"Spitting at anybody is despicable - he knows that, I know that, anybody listening knows that", Murphy added on talkSPORT. "I'd like to apologise once more to them all". It doesn't matter who you're spitting at.

"A moment of madness for four or five seconds".

"He seems contrite. Everyone makes mistakes, we are all human". "You have to act in the right way and there's only so much you can do".

Amid the fallout that ensued after Jamie Carragher's saliva-based indiscretion over the weekend, fellow footballer-turned-media-figure Gary Lineker managed to get himself embroiled in a Twitter spat (pun intended) on Monday.

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