Jamie Carragher has apologized for spitting in the face of a 14-year-old girl following Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester United on Saturday. A video on The Mirror shows Carragher, a former Liverpool, and England player, spitting at two people who goaded him over the derby victory.
Two fans a 14-year-old and her dad are seen calling out the scoreline to Carragher while driving. He then leans out of his window and spits at the car.
Carragher, who played over 700 games for Liverpool, said: ‘It was a bit more than, “Hiya Jamie, it was 2-1”. It went on for two or three times. ‘I drove away at first and it just continued.
I lost my head. I shouldn’t have done it but I was thinking what is a grown man doing, carrying on like that two or three times with his daughter in the car?’ Carragher phoned the girl on Saturday night and said: ‘I just want to apologize and I hope you are ok.’
Speaking on Twitter, the ex-England star said: ‘Totally out of order & I’ve apologized (sic) 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.’
The schoolgirl spoke of her shock after the incident, telling the Daily Mirror: ‘I have never been spat at by anyone before. I thought, “Why has he done that”. I thought I had done something wrong. ‘People in school take the mick and it is just a laugh. Someone like him who is older should be able to take a joke.’
The girl’s 38-year-old mum, meanwhile, was ‘extremely angry and disappointed’ that Carragher, a dad-of-two, would spit at a child. ‘I was extremely angry and disappointed that he could even bring himself to do something like that,’ she said. ‘Looking at her, you know she is a child. ‘What did she do wrong? She did not do anything wrong. Spitting at someone is the lowest of the low. It is disgusting. In all the years I’ve watched football, isn’t it all about banter?
‘And he could not take that little bit of banter? It was nothing. I could understand if someone was in his face, giving him abuse.’ In a statement, Sky said: ‘It is unacceptable behavior and we will be addressing it with Jamie.’