Jamie Carragher opens up on his spitting shame at a fan and a 14-year-old-girl that ‘knocked me for six months’ as he reveals he saw a psychologist to help him cope while suspended by Sky Sports, but insists he ‘owned’ his mistake 

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  • Liverpool icon Jamie Carragher reflects on his infamous spitting incident
  • After being crushed by a fan, he spat on a man sitting in another car and his daughter
  • Carragher said she ‘knocked for six months’ after filming back in 2018
  • He also revealed that he regrets not having more passion to play for England

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After being suspended by Sky Sports as pundit Jamie Carragher ‘knocked me out for six months’ over his spitting incident in 2018, the Liverpool legend reveals he had hired a psychologist to help him deal with the episode Saw.

The former defender was returning from Old Trafford when his beloved Reds were beaten 2-1 by Manchester United in March of that year when he was crushed by a rival fan in a nearby car. Caragher then spat at the man and his daughter, who had wound up in the window.

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There were widespread calls for Carragher to be sacked after spitting on a 14-year-old girl, but he quit his role at Sky before returning six months later and reached out to the two men involved to apologize.

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He said he was ‘not on his own’ while out of work and visited former England psychologist Steve Peters.

“Coming home from Old Trafford and then when I lost my job at Sky – I’m someone who is pretty far ahead if someone attacks me,” he told Gary Neville on his YouTube show The Overlap.

‘But it knocked me out for six months. I was not myself for a good six months. I used to wake up in the morning and I just had the same pain in my stomach, oh it happened.

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher looks back on his infamous spitting episode in 2018

He told fellow pundit Gary Neville that he 'knocked him out for six months' while suspended by Sky

He told fellow pundit Gary Neville that he ‘knocked him out for six months’ while suspended by Sky

Liverpool icon was caught on camera spitting on a man after being taunted while driving

Liverpool icon was caught on camera spitting on a man after being taunted while driving

‘I went to see Steve Peters after that. I felt so bad, I felt embarrassed, my family, my mom or dad. and children. I remember coming back home that night when I was in Skye. I haven’t seen the kids, they’re in school, and you just go back and we all sat together and it was hard.

‘Even if we’re in the public eye, we’re not the royals, the Beckhams, the big stars. You read them on the front page. When it’s you, everywhere I went it felt like people were watching me.

When Neville asked him if he had lost his confidence, Carragher said it had worsened – but used his experience as a player to ‘own’ his mistake.

Andy Hughes (right) was spat on by Carragher after driving the Liverpool legend out of his car

Andy Hughes (right) was spat on by Carragher after driving the Liverpool legend out of his car

‘It will come back to me,’ he said. ‘But it was done. I owned it. I didn’t blame anyone else. I accepted it. I took my medicine. Whatever s*** is thrown at me I’ll take it. And that’s how I was as a player.

Carragher – who played 737 times for Liverpool and took 38 caps for England – went into a candid interview on Sky News to explain his actions and apologized, and was eventually reinstated nearly five months after the incident. Gaya.

A moment of madness that’s hard to explain,’ he said during an appearance on TV – the video is shown on air.

The former Liverpool and England defender appeared on Sky News to apologize for his actions

The former Liverpool and England defender appeared on Sky News to apologize for his actions

He played over 700 times for his beloved Reds and went on to have a hugely successful career

He played over 700 times for his beloved Reds and went on to have a hugely successful career

‘Looking back at those clips, it’s like an out-of-body thing – just that moment of madness for four or five seconds. No matter what the circumstance, you can never behave like this for anyone. It’s just unacceptable.

‘My biggest regret is getting stuck in the middle of a 14 year old girl. It annoys me more than anything.

‘I have a young daughter of the exact same age and if someone had done this it would have been hard for me to find the words how I would have reacted.’

Carragher is one of football's most recognized football pundits on television, along with Neville.

Carragher is one of football’s most recognized football pundits on television, along with Neville.

Three years later Carragher remains one of Sky’s biggest name pundits and regularly appears alongside friend and former Premier League rival Neville – who at the time pleaded with the broadcaster not to sack him.

‘I just saw Carra23 say sorry. No excuse he made a big mistake,’ he wrote on Twitter. ‘He’s massively obsessed with football and he’s gone past the mark and shouldn’t have reacted.

‘I’ve been on TV with him for 3 years and IMO this isolated incident shouldn’t stop us from working together.’

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