Jamie Carragher.

Jamie Carragher's response when asked: 'Did you see the girl?' during spitting incident

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Jamie Carragher cut an embarrassed and remorseful figure on Monday as he discussed the vile events that had led him to being suspended by Sky Sports.

Speaking to Sky News in an emotional interview, the 40-year-old was peppered with questions about why he spat in the direction of a 14-year-old girl while driving his Range Rover.

Carragher claims he was "goaded" by the girl's father - who filmed the incident on his phone while driving himself - after Liverpool's 2-1 defeat to Manchester United on Saturday.

As you would expect, Carragher didn't excuse his behaviour and described the act as "five seconds of madness".

When asked why he did it, he said: "Watching those clips back it feels almost like an out-of-body thing, that moment of madness, those four or five seconds.

"No matter what the circumstances for anyone you can't understand behaviour like that, that is just unacceptable.

"But to be honest that is where again I think to myself, 'Why did you react like that?' because that's part of being a public figure at times.

"It's the only time I've reacted like that and it will be the only time I react like that, so again, I have no excuse and it's devastating for the family involved and also for my own family."

Carragher's career as a pundit could be in jeopardy as Sky Sports bosses decide whether or not to let him keep his job.

In the meantime, the Liverpool legend has personally apologised to the family involved over the phone and issued numerous apologies to the media.

Something snapped inside Carragher to make him react the way he did, although something he said on his way into London on Monday may go some way to explaining what happened.


In the video below at 0:25, as he made his way to the Sky Sports HQ, Carragher was asked by a journalist: "Did you see her (the 14-year-old girl) in the car?"

In response, Carragher explained how he didn't actually see the girl sitting there: "I didn't to be honest, she was leant back a little bit.

"But yeah she was involved. I'm really, really sorry that she was involved more than anything."

Carragher's actions were inexcusable, disgusting even, but you sense that he would have reacted differently had he realised there was a 14-year-old girl sitting in the passenger seat.

But he didn't and what's happened has happened, so Carragher must prepare for the worst.

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