Jamie Carragher is facing a fight to keep his job with Sky Sports after he was caught on camera aiming a gob of spit in the direction of a 14-year-old Manchester United fan.
The former Liverpool man was evidently upset following his team’s 2-1 defeat to United at Old Trafford, but his actions nevertheless seem a tad out of proportion.
In footage obtained by the Daily Mirror, the 40-year-old can be seen reacting to shouts from another nearby driver who spotted him on the way home after the game.
The motorist in question, who is accompanied by his daughter, winds down his window before shouting “2-1, 2-1, unlucky Jamie lad, 2-1 lad.”
Carragher doesn’t take to kindly to it, winding down his window before unleashing an astonishing spray of spit that apparently ended up hitting the young girl in the face. Classy
Very disappointing to see Jamie Carragher spit at a man & his 14 year old daughter on the motorway. He was goaded yes, but there is no high ground that can be taken to defend him here. Don’t deflect from the incident – this shouldn’t happen. Super embarrassing for Carragher. pic.twitter.com/3iohYhXeKE
— Adam Joseph (@AdamJosephSport) March 12, 2018
The Sky pundit has since taken to Twitter to issue an apology for his actions. In all fairness, it was a worldie of a spit, both incredibly powerful and accurate.
“Totally out of order I’ve 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,” he tweeted.
However, a spokesperson for Sky Sports has branded it “unacceptable behaviour” adding that they would “be addressing it with Jamie.” That doesn’t sound good.
Well this will be interesting https://t.co/bhdyWaygF9
— Richard Keys (@richardajkeys) March 11, 2018
Former Sky Sports man Richard Keys, meanwhile, has been among those to comment on the story, sharing the original Mirror piece on Twitter alongside the words “well this should be interesting.”
Keys left his role with Sky Sports back in January 2011 after he was caught making a series of sexist comments regarding a female referee’s assistant.
But this is pretty bad and could yet be enough to see Carragher depart his role with the broadcaster. Fans of the Merseyside hero now face an anxious wait.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.