Danny Murphy has told talkSPORT his former Liverpool team-mate and good friend Jamie Carragher ‘feels genuine remorse’ for the spitting incident that threatens to ruin his media career.
Carragher was caught on film spitting at a father and his 14-year-old daughter through his car window following Manchester United’s victory over the Reds at Old Trafford on Sunday.
The former Reds captain issued an apology on Sunday night, admitting he ‘lost his rag’ after being goaded over Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat on his journey home from the game.
There were calls for the ex-England international to lose his role as a top TV pundit , and Sky Sports confirmed later on Monday that he had been suspended from his duties.
In an interview on Sky Sports News, Carragher admitted he has ‘brought shame on the name of football’.
And, speaking to talkSPORT host Jim White, Murphy said: “I felt a genuine remorse from him this morning. I spoke to him and he was flat.
“He is disappointed in himself. He’s let himself down and all those around him down, because they know he’s a good person and a good family man - he’s a father to two kids, he has a daughter of his own.
“He has spoken to the family and he has apologised personally, and when you make a mistake in life, and I’ve made worse ones than that, you have to own them.
“There are times in life where we mess up and we do things we regret big time.
“I’m sure there will be repercussions for him and he’ll take them on the chin, but all you can do when you do mess up is hold your hands up and try and deal with it the best you can. You can’t turn back the clock.”
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Carragher insisted on Monday that he didn’t see the young girl in the passenger seat.
As he arrived in London for talks with Sky Sports bosses on Monday morning, the former Liverpool defender said: “I wish she wasn't involved. I hate that she was involved more than anything”.
Murphy believes Carragher – whose own duaghter is of a similar age – when he said he didn’t know the girl was in the car, but admits what he did was ‘despicable’ nevertheless.
“Spitting at anybody is despicable – he knows that, I know that, anybody listening knows that,” Murphy added on talkSPORT.
“The main thing he wanted me to stress was that the spit and his anger, which is wrong, was aimed at the father. The young girl was sat back and reclined in the chair and she was in the line of fire.
“That there was a young girl involved makes the perception of it worse, but I think whether it’s a girl or a man, the spitting is wrong, let’s face facts. It doesn’t matter who you’re spitting at.
“But there’s a little bit of context needed in thinking he saw a young girl and decided to spit at her, that’s not quite how it was in his moment of madness.
“It’s a horrendous thing to do, but he’s owning it the best he can and whatever punishment comes, he’ll take it.
“We all make mistakes in life and bigger ones than that I have made. Once you’ve made such a mistake it’s about how you act now. You have to act in the right way and there’s only so much you can do.”
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