Jamie Carragher was embroiled in controversy this week after footage emerged of him spitting at a 14-year-old girl and her father.
The former Liverpool defender and Sky Sports pundit was quick to apologise, and while there was a huge backlash, many in the industry defended him saying it was a one-off error.
On a serious note, we all make mistakes, @Carra23 made a big one. He’s apologised and is clearly contrite. Sure he’ll be back soon and rightly so.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) March 12, 2018
I’ve just watched Carra23 say sorry. No excuses he’s made a big mistake . He’s massively passionate about football and he’s overstepped the mark and shouldn’t have reacted . I’ve been on TV for 3 years with him and imo this isolated incident shouldn’t stop us working together
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) March 12, 2018
With many suggesting that the pundit was set to be permanently sacked from his duties with Sky, the broadcaster today announced that they have instead suspended Carragher for the remainder of the season.
“Following an internal review, Sky has suspended Jamie Carragher for the remainder of the football season.
“Jamie has taken full responsibility for what has happened and we will ensure he gets the help he needs to guarantee something like this never happens again.
“Before the start of the next season we will sit down with Jamie to discuss whether he is ready to return to his role.”
Nothing is certain as of yet but it now looks as if the former Liverpool defender will resume his punditry duties next season.
I have already said I take responsibility for what happened. It was a moment of madness and I’m going to speak to the relevant people to ensure something like this never happens again. Again apologies all round. https://t.co/DSg6cQLQIW
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) March 14, 2018