Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has been suspended from his role as a Sky Sports pundit after video footage emerged of him spitting towards a girl in a vehicle, the television company said on Monday.
His 14-year-old daughter said it hit her before pleading with her father to stop filming.
The former Liverpool defender sparked fury as a video showed him appearing to spit at a 14-year-old girl. "For Christ's sake, he is supposed to be one of the top men", he told Talk Sport. I wish she wasn't involved.
"It's a stain on my character and I have to accept that".
On Twitter, Carragher wrote: "Totally out of order and I've apologised personally to all the family this evening". The most important people I'd like to apologise for is the family involved. "I could just see him lurch towards his window and spit". "I've let my family down but I've let the family in the auto opposite me down".More news: 'Steel and business' at stake in House election
Jamie Carragher has been called to a meeting at Sky Sports after the pundit was caught on camera spitting at a young Manchester United fan.
"He looked at me and waved, I waved back and then he put his window down", he narrated.
Football fans reacted with anger to Carragher's spitting shame.
"[It was] a moment of madness, it is hard to explain". That devastates me more than anything. They have been dragged into this media storm by myself because of my actions.
He went on: "I've made mistakes in my 25 year career, but this is the worst one". Slamming him for his disgusting actions, English football legend Vinnie Jones ripped Carragher apart and asked him to step down from his job as a TV presenter.
Before being axed by Sky Sports Carragher was dropped from Champions League duty by Danish channel TV3 Sport, he had been due to cover the match between Manchester United and Sevilla.