Sky Sports football pundit Jamie Carragher has been suspended by the broadcaster until the end of the season.
The suspension comes after the former Liverpool captain was filmed spitting towards a father and his 14-year-old daughter from his car window.
Carragher has since apologised for the incident which occured during an altercation while he was driving away from Old Trafford following Saturday’s match between Manchester United and Liverpool, where he was working as a studio pundit.
The former England defender will be suspended from his duties as a pundit for the rest of the season and a review will take place prior to the beginning of next season to establish whether he is fit to return.
A statement from Sky said:
“Following an internal review, Sky has suspended Jamie Carragher for the remainder of the football season.
“Jamie has taken full responsibility for what has happened and we will ensure he gets the help he needs to guarantee something like this never happens again.
“Before the start of the next season we will sit down with Jamie to discuss whether he is ready to return to his role.”
In a earlier statement, the broadcaster said that it “takes this matter extremely seriously and strongly condemns Jamie’s actions. We have made that clear to him in person today and suspended him from his duties. It falls well below the standards we expect of our people”.
The 40-year-old spat at the car where the young Manchester United fan was travelling in following a brief verbal exchange with the teenager’s father after his former club lost 2-1 to the Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday, March 10.
Footage filmed by the parent and obtained by the Daily Mirror showed the father tease Carragher about the result as the pair drive alongside each other after the game.
According to The Times, Carragher will remain suspended without pay for the rest of the season and will not face prosecution.
Carragher has apologised to the family involved via telephone and told Sky News on Monday that he would like the chance to apologise to them again in person. He said:
“You can’t condone that behaviour no matter what, in any way shape or form, no matter wherever you are, or who you represent.
“It was a moment of madness that is difficult for me to explain. Watching it back, it almost feels like an out of body thing, that madness for four or five seconds. No matter what the circumstances for anyone, you can’t behave like that.”
“All I can do is apologise as much as I possibly can, because obviously I can’t go back. I’ve done that with the family and hopefully they accept that and I’d like to apologise again to them if possible.
“This whole sorry incident I’ve dragged this family into has been devastating for them and close family around myself and it’s all come from my actions. There’s not a lot more I can add to it than improve my behaviour going forward and apologise again to the family involved and people watching at home.
Totally out of order & Ive 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. https://t.co/ofrNfiwhYH
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) March 11, 2018
I have already said I take responsibility for what happened. It was a moment of madness and I’m going to speak to the relevant people to ensure something like this never happens again. Again apologies all round. https://t.co/DSg6cQLQIW
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) March 14, 2018
In response to the incident, the parents of the 14-year-old girl caught up in the incident have called on Sky not to sack Carragher, who they said had shown genuine remorse for his actions.
Fellow Sky Sports pundit, former Manchester United defender Gary Neville, also urged his bosses not to sack Carragher.
Watch the full Sky News interview in the video player below: