Andrew Flintoff reveals he was slapped the day before Carragher incident

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In the wake of Jamie Carragher's suspension from punditry, former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has spoken out about incidents involving members of the public approaching him.

Carragher has been suspended by Sky Sports for the rest of the season after mobile phone footage emerged that showed the former England and Liverpool defender spitting towards the open window of a car. 

The incident sparked outrage when it emerged a 14-year-old girl was in the car on the passenger side that took the brunt of Carragher's rage. The Sky Sports football pundit was reacting to goading from the girl's father who in the footage is heard saying: "There's Jamie's Carragher there, look," before shouting "2-1, 2-1, unlucky Jamie lad, 2-1 lad." 

It is reported that police have spoken to the father who was at the wheel and therefore driving while filming the incident.

Flintoff was asked about how he deals with being targeted by members of the public during Radio 5 Live's 'Flintoff, Savage and Ping Pong Guy' podcast and revealed he was involved in a situation not overly different to what Carragher found himself in.

"I was in Milton Keynes on Friday night. I'm walking round the corner and it's midnight when two lads approached me," Flintoff admitted.

"One has come over and asked if I was all right and said he got into cricket because of me."

"Then his mate came forward got right in my face and raised his hands. At that point I was on alert. He half slapped me across my face."

"So I grabbed his head and pushed him down and put his head on the pavement. I asked him what he was doing before turning to his mate and telling him not to think about anything."

"There were no camera phones but there was CCTV everywhere and I thought this could go badly wrong. I was restraining him because I didn't want anything to happen." 

Former Welsh international footballer and controversial pundit Robbie Savage appeared to sympathise with Carragher and Flintoff's experiences when during the same podcast he said:

"I have had grown men coming over to me saying things and trying to sit on me on the train.

"It's horrible, and you get worried that if you don't play along with it they might smack you.

"It's intimidating when you're approached by some people and you have to play along with it."

Carragher has released a series of very public apologies to the family affected by his actions and will sit down with Sky bosses before the start of next season to discuss his future.

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