Police 'looking into' incident involving former Liverpool defender

Police 'looking into' incident involving former Liverpool defender

Sky Sports have also confirmed they will be holding talks with the former Liverpool defender over his "unacceptable" behaviour.

The former Liverpool and England defender was filmed in an altercation while driving away from Old Trafford following Saturday's match between Manchester United and Liverpool.

During an appearance on Sky News, after the spitting footage was aired on a big screen, Carragher called the incident a "moment of madness".

Neville and Carragher were fierce rivals during their playing days at Manchester United and Liverpool, but the duo have formed a strong bond after emerging as outstanding TV pundits at Sky.

Carragher is said to have phoned the girl and her father on Sunday night and said: "I just want to apologise and I hope you are OK". It devastates me a little bit more than anything else, really, that a young girl that wasn't involved in anything, really, has now become embroiled in this. "I've got a daughter exactly the same age and I can't say how I'd react if someone did that to her".

That meant Carragher was not involved in Sky Sports' coverage of Monday night's Premier League game between Manchester City and Stoke.

The family of the teenage girl who Jamie Carragher spat on has urged Sky Sports not to sack the football pundit.

But Shreeves was having none of it and said: "No I haven't".

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The government welcomed Sky's decision to suspend Carragher.

In the video the father of the girl can be heard shouting: "Unlucky Jamie lad".

"No excuses he's made a big mistake", Neville wrote on Twitter.

He's massively passionate about football and he's overstepped the mark and shouldn't have reacted. "It falls well below the standards we expect of our people", Sky Sports said in a statement.

"Hopefully they accept that and I'd like to apologise again for that if possible".

"Four or five seconds, no matter what the circumstances are for anyone you can't behave like that".

"I haven't offered my resignation but they have made it known that they are very disappointed about the shame now hanging over the name".

"[It was] a moment of madness that really is hard for me to explain".

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