Jamie Carragher spitting incident: Sky suspends pundit until end of season

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Carragher sorry for 'awful behaviour'

Former Liverpool and England defender Jamie Carragher has been suspended by Sky until the end of the football season after he spat towards a girl and her father on Saturday.

Carragher was filmed spitting from his car towards another vehicle after the Manchester United v Liverpool match.

He has apologised for the incident.

Carragher will face no charges over the incident but police say the driver who filmed him will attend a driving improvement course.

Sky says 40-year-old Carragher, a Sky Sports pundit, will "get the help he needs to guarantee something like this never happens again".

The broadcaster says the decision was made following an internal review, adding: "Before the start of the next season we will sit down with Jamie to discuss whether he is ready to return to his role."

Following his suspension, Carragher posted on social media to apologise again for a "moment of madness".

Police have already spoken to the owner of the footage and it is understood both Carragher's actions and the filming of the incident while driving could be punishable.

What happened?

In the video - filmed after Liverpool's 2-1 Premier League defeat at Old Trafford - Carragher exchanges waves with the other driver before they both wind down their car windows.

The man can then be heard shouting: "Unlucky Jamie, lad. Two-one."

Carragher, who made 737 appearances for Liverpool and won 38 England caps, reacts by leaning out of his window and spitting towards the car, hitting the man's daughter, who is sitting in the front passenger seat.

Speaking to the BBC on Monday, Carragher said: "It looks awful and I accept that. It's not something I've done before and not something I'll do again.

"It's a stain on my character and I have to accept that."

Andy Hughes, 42, from North Wales has told the Mirror he has received death threats and felt "under siege" after being identified.

He added he wished he had never filmed the incident - and wants Carragher to keep his job at Sky.

On Wednesday, Carragher posted on social media: "I've made a big mistake and accept full responsibility. I am the only person to blame for this sorry situation, so please leave the family alone."

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