Football: Ex-Liverpool star Jamie Carragher to have talks over Sky future after spitting at teenage girl

Jamie Carragher has been a mainstay of Sky Sports' football coverage since he retired from the game in 2013.
Jamie Carragher has been a mainstay of Sky Sports' football coverage since he retired from the game in 2013.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (GUARDIAN) - Jamie Carragher will hold talks with Sky Sports on Monday (March 12) after being caught on video spitting at a 14-year-old girl following Liverpool's 2-1 Premier League defeat at Manchester United .

The football pundit apologised on Sunday evening for the incident via Twitter but a spokesman for Sky reprimanded the former Liverpool defender, calling his actions "unacceptable".

The incident, which was caught on a mobile phone and obtained by the Daily Mirror, came following the Saturday lunch-time match at Old Trafford, with Carragher embroiled in a tasteless episode while driving, ending with him winding down his window and spitting towards another car carrying a teenage girl.

The 14-year-old United supporter was in the passenger seat while her father was driving and talking to the former England defender about the game.

When the driver repeatedly mentioned the score, Carragher was heard saying, "All right", before spitting at the car alongside his.

The incident, recorded by the girl's father, ends with the daughter saying to her dad that Carragher's spittle had hit her in the face.

In a tweet on Sunday night, Carragher wrote: "Totally out of order & Ive apologised personally to all the family this evening. I was goaded 3/4 times along the motorway while being filmed & lost my rag. No excuse apologies."

However, a spokesman for the channel said: "It's unacceptable behaviour and we will be addressing it with Jamie."

The incident is undoubtedly an embarrassing episode for Sky Sports and will place pressure on the channel to make an example of the 40-year-old.

 

Carragher was due to front Monday Night Football programme as Sky's cameras travel to Stoke v Manchester City but much will depend on the outcome of Monday's meetings.

Carragher has been a mainstay of Sky Sports' football coverage since he retired from the game in 2013, now earning an annual salary thought to be in excess of £1 million (S$1.82 million) .