Jamie Carragher’s hopes of avoiding the sack by Sky Sports have received a timely lift after the family he spat at insisted they did not want him to lose his job.
The pundit has been suspended by Sky Sports after he was filmed spitting at a 14-year-old, after her family had teased him over Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester United on Saturday.
In a video of the incident, the teenage girl’s father repeatedly mentioned the score in the match and Carragher is heard to say, “Alright”, before appearing to spit at the car alongside his.
However, the family who released the video to the media insist they don’t want to see the Liverpool legend lose his job and that their only motivation was to make Carragher apologise for his actions.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror, the father said: “We don’t want him to lose his job. It is not about that. We wanted an apology and explanation.
“He seems contrite. Everyone makes mistakes, we are all human.”
His wife added: “He did seem extremely sorry.”
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.
Talking to Sky News of his shame, Carragher said: “I have no excuse and it is devastating for the family involved and my own family, but it is my actions which have brought that on.
“You can’t condone that behaviour. No matter what the circumstances, you cannot ever behave like that, it is just unacceptable.
“There is no doubt what I have done is disgusting. I apologise for it.
“Watching those clips back it feels like an out-of-body thing, that moment of madness for four or five seconds.”
Carragher revealed during his interviews he hadn’t offered his resignation to Sky Sports but conceded his future was not in his own hands.
The broadcaster did, however, decide to suspend the pundit and are expected to make a further announcement in due course.
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