Football pundit Jamie Carragher has been suspended by Sky Sports chiefs.
The 40-year-old arrived in London today for crunch talks with bosses after he was caught on video spitting at a family in their car following Liverpool’s defeat to Manchester United on Saturday.
After talks with Sky chiefs on Monday afternoon, it has been decided to take him off air and his punditry career hangs in the balance following his spit shame.
A spokesperson for Sky Sports said:”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.”
Carragher was due to be alongside Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers and Gary Neville for the Stoke vs Manchester City game tonight.
It is understood Carragher will not appear on Sky Sports coverage for at least the next week as Sky chiefs review his position after growing calls for his resignation.
Carragher said on Sky News: “It was a moment of madness, it’s difficult for me to explain.
It’s just that moment of madness for four or five seconds. No matter the circumstances, you can’t ever behave like that.
“You can’t obviously condone that behaviour no matter what.
“In any way shape or form, where you are, who you represent.
“I’ve let Sky Sports down, my family and the family involved.
“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.”
Jamie Carragher says his future at Sky “remains to be seen” after the news of his suspension.
The star did not offer his resignation at the meeting but has been suspended from duties with immediate effect.
He was booked as a pundit for Danish channel TV3 Sport at Old Trafford tomorrow night, but has since pulled from their coverage after the spitting video emerged.
Peter Nørrelund, head of sport at TV3 Sport, said it is yet to make a decision about Carragher’s long-term future on the station but had pulled him from its coverage of the Champions League fixture.
Speaking to Danish paper BT , Nørrelund said: “Jamie should have been at Old Trafford for us tomorrow and we have taken him off that.
“It would have been like sending him into a lion’s den. I have seen the video and it certainly doesn’t look good.
“It is a big story in England and I wouldn’t have thought that sending him to Old Trafford would have been a good idea and then we want his reaction and explanation for what has happened too.
“I don’t know what will happen. It is not good behaviour but we are all just human beings. We want to hear from him what happened. That is the same for all employees – whether it is the receptionist or Jamie Carragher – we are not going to sanction someone until we’ve heard from them what happened.”
The former Liverpool defender was on his way home after summarising on Manchester United’s 2-1 victory over Liverpool at Old Trafford on Saturday when he apparently became involved in a conversation with the occupants of an adjacent car.
A video taken from the car shows Carragher spitting.