Gary Neville on Jamie Carragher: 'Isolated incident shouldn’t stop us working together'

Gary Neville on Jamie Carragher: 'Isolated incident shouldn’t stop us working together'

Update 3.46pm: Gary Neville has said he hopes that he can continue to work with Jamie Carragher, after it was announced that Sky Sports have suspended the former Liverpool player, writes Stephen Barry.

Carragher was dropped from tonight's Monday Night Football show and suspended by the broadcaster after video emerged of him spitting into a car containing a 14-year-old girl and her father.

The teenage girl's father repeatedly shouts the scoreline of Man United's 2-1 victory over Liverpool at Carragher, who responds by leaning out his car window and spitting in the open window.

Carragher apologised for the incident, which he described as a "moment of madness".

While conceding he shouldn't have reacted, Carragher's Sky Sports colleague Neville has defended Carragher over the "isolated incident".

He tweeted: "I’ve just watched Carra23 say sorry. No excuses he’s made a big mistake . He’s massively passionate about football and he’s overstepped the mark and shouldn’t have reacted.

"I’ve been on TV for 3 years with him and imo this isolated incident shouldn’t stop us working together."

Carragher told Sky News: "It was almost an out of body thing but you can't ever behave like that, it's unacceptable.

"A moment of madness for four or five seconds. No matter what the circumstances you can't ever behave like that.

"My biggest regret is for the 14-year-old girl to be caught in the middle of it. That devastates me more than anything. I've got a daughter exactly the same age and I can't say how I'd react if someone did that to her."

Sky said Carragher's actions were "well below the standards we expect of our people".

Carragher said in the interview: "If someone had done what I had done on the pitch I would vilify them."

And he said the incident did not represent "the real me", adding: "I have brought shame on the name of football. I was a role model, people looked up to me."

Original story (2.14pm): Jamie Carragher suspended by Sky Sports after spitting incident

Jamie Carragher has been suspended from his duties as a Sky Sports pundit after spitting at a 14-year-old girl, the broadcaster announced.

The former Liverpool defender described the incident as "a moment of madness" in an interview on Sky News.

In a video of the incident, the teenage girl's father repeatedly mentioned the score in the match between Manchester United and Liverpool this weekend and Carragher is heard to say, "Alright", before appearing to spit at the car alongside his.

Gary Neville on Jamie Carragher: 'Isolated incident shouldn’t stop us working together'

Carragher said: "It was almost an out of body thing but you can't ever behave like that, it's unacceptable.

"A moment of madness for four or five seconds. No matter what the circumstances you can't ever behave like that.

"My biggest regret is for the 14-year-old girl to be caught in the middle of it. That devastates me more than anything. I've got a daughter exactly the same age and I can't say how I'd react if someone did that to her."

Sky said Carragher's actions were "well below the standards we expect of our people".

Carragher said in the interview: "If someone had done what I had done on the pitch I would vilify them."

And he said the incident did not represent "the real me", adding: "I have brought shame on the name of football. I was a role model, people looked up to me."

- PA

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