Jamie Carragher Could Face Prison Time Over Spitting Incident

By now everybody's fully aware of Jamie Carragher's actions following Liverpool's 2-1 defeat away to Manchester United on Saturday, after the footballer turned pundit spat at a United fan.

The ex-Liverpool player was seemingly being wound up by a man while driving on the motorway, which goaded Carra into winding down his window and spitting at the car, with some of the spit landing on the man's daughter.

The Sky Sports pundit has since apologised for his actions, but the repercussions are still yet to be seen.

Reports suggest that he could face time in prison, as spitting at someone is classed as common assault, which could land the assaulter a fine, community order or up to six months in prison.

The former defender is sitting a suspension from his role on Monday Night Football opposite ex-bitter rival Gary Neville, who has since jumped to the defense of his colleague.

The clip, which has swept the UK, has divided many. Some people are disgusted at Jamie Carragher for spitting, while others think the bloke who goaded the former England footballer and filmed the incident while driving isn't much better.

But as the spotlight continues to focus on him, authorities are also looking at the guy who captured the footage on his phone.

The Mirror reports that police are expected to speak to the motorist about using his phone while driving. Greater Manchester Police reportedly aren't likely to slap the usual £200 fine and six penalty points, and instead will offer 'advice'.

But the AA is calling for the two men to go on driving awareness courses so they can realise that, funnily enough, spitting and filming don't go hand in hand with cars.

Carragher appeared on Sky News yesterday as the story was gathering momentum to plead for forgiveness.

"You can't condone that behaviour. No matter what the circumstances, you cannot ever behave like that, it is just unacceptable," he said.

"There is no doubt what I have done is disgusting. I apologise for it.

"Watching those clips back it feels like an out-of-body thing, that moment of madness for four or five seconds."

Interestingly, the victim's family don't want the 40-year-old to lose his job at Sky.

You could clearly hear that the 14-year-old girl who was spat on was upset after the incident, and didn't sound particularly pleased at her dad's efforts.

The father has told the Mirror: "We don't want him to lose his job. It is not about that. We wanted an apology and ­explanation. He seems contrite. Everyone makes mistakes, we are all human."

His wife added: "He did seem extremely sorry."

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Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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