What Jamie Carragher said about spitting before recent scandal
Jamie Carragher has been suspended by Sky (PA)

Jamie Carragher is currently fighting for his job as a pundit after he was filmed spitting on a 14-year-old girl.

The former England international has apologised profusely for his actions which came after he was goaded by the father of the girl over Liverpool’s loss to Manchester United on Saturday.

He’s been suspended by Sky Sports and a Danish TV channel with uncertainty over whether he will return to work for either of them.

In his role as a pundit, Carragher has expressed his views on spitting in the past with him dedicating a column with the Daily Mail to an incident involving Jonny Evans and Papiss Cisse.

In it he describes spitting as ‘disgusting’ and ‘vile’, but also called the punishment (Cisse was given a seven-game ban) excessive.

‘There have been a number of people who have said “it is the worst thing that can happen on a pitch”; it is vile but let me assure you now – I would have preferred Lucas Neill to have spat at me the day he broke my leg in September 2003!’ he wrote in 2015.

What Jamie Carragher said about spitting before recent scandal
Jonny Evans and Papiss Cisse spat towards each other during a Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle in March 2015 (Getty)

He continued: ‘I was spat at once in my career. It came during a UEFA Cup game against Celta Vigo in 1998 and the player in question was a Russian midfielder called Aleksander Mostovoi. I was shocked more than angry when he did it because I couldn’t believe what had happened.

‘Cisse has admitted being in the wrong and hit with a seven-game ban. I know it is a disgusting thing to do but I do think that punishment seems a little excessive, particularly if you compare it to an over-the-top tackle that would “only” get three games.’

What Jamie Carragher said about spitting before recent scandal
Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville on Sky Sports (Getty)

Carragher spoke to Sky, BBC and ITV yesterday to apologise for his behaviour. During the interviews he described his actions as a ‘moment of madness’ and out of character.

That was how he categorised Evans’ behaviour three years ago.

‘All those people who have said about Evans “he’s not that type of lad”. Who is then?

‘Is there are a list somewhere of names who are “that type”? It is a stupid thing to say. It’s not about his character. It’s about whether he had a moment of madness, deliberately or not.’

Carragher explains his actions on Saturday

‘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.’

The family at the centre of the scandal have said they don’t want to see Carragher fired.

The father told The Mirror: ‘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.’

Statement from Sky

‘Sky 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.’

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