Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has been suspended by Sky Sports after a video was released, showing the pundit defender spitting towards passengers in another auto who had been taunting him after his former side lost 2-1 to Manchester United.
Video footage showed the Liverpool legend spitting in the direction of a man and his 14-year-old daughter after his former club's defeat to Manchester United.
But in a moment of madness, the scene turned ugly and Carragher inexplicably spat towards the auto in which the young girl was being driven, with saliva hitting her in the face, causing her to cry. Watching those clips back it feels like nearly an out of body thing, that moment of madness. No matter what the circumstances for anyone, you can't ever behave like that.
"That is my biggest regret, that a 14-year-old girl was caught up in the middle of this".
Carragher stressed that he hoped to apologise to the family again face to face.
"I've done a lot of stupid stuff, and we all get stick, but to do that", he continued. It won't happen again. It's hard for me to explain.
"I'm upset for them, my family and everyone involved".
Carragher, who joined Sky Sports after retiring as a player in 2013, has become a popular pundit working regularly alongside former United defender Gary Neville.
He tweeted: "I've just watched Carra23 say sorry. The mistake I've made today is a huge one". "He's massively passionate about football and he's overstepped the mark and shouldn't have reacted".
JC: It was a moment of madness.
"It remains to be seen".
Sky's statement did not say how long Carragher's suspension would last.
Sky realise he's good box office, he's great business, and I'd be very surprised [if he was dimissed].
In 2011, BeIN Sports pundit Andy Gray was sacked by Sky and Richard Keys resigned after making inappropriate remarks about female colleagues and assistant referee Sian Massey, with the latter calling it "just banter". That devastates me more than anything.
"Hopefully I'll be judged not right now but over a longer period of time and this incident won't cloud all of it but it's a big incident and it won't go away".
"It's a stain on my character and I have to accept that".
"I have been known for 25 years in the public eye". Four or five seconds.
'I was spat at once during my career.
Sky said that Carragher has been suspended from his duties as a football analyst and that his actions were "well below the standards we expect of our people".