Carragher off Sky for rest of season before future decided

FILE - In this file photo dated Sept. 15, 2017, Sky Sports commentators Jamie Carragher, left, and Gary Neville, at Bournemouth, England. Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher was suspended as a soccer analyst by the Sky television network on Monday March 12, 2018, after being filmed spitting in the direction of a 14-year-old girl through his car window. (John Walton/PA via AP)
FILE - This is a Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009 file photo of Liverpool's Jamie Carragher as he listens to a question during a press conference ahead of a Champions League, Round of 16, first leg soccer match against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid. The Sky television network Monday March 12, 2018 suspended soccer announcer Jamie Carragher after the former Liverpool player was filmed spitting in the direction of a 14-year-old girl through his car window. The incident happened Saturday after Carragher left Old Trafford. He had been there working for Sky Sports at Manchester United's game against Liverpool. (AP Photo/Arturo Rodriguez/File)

LONDON — Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher will be off air for the rest of the season as a Sky television soccer analyst after being filmed spitting in the direction of a 14-year-old girl through his car window.

"Before the start of the next season we will sit down with Jamie to discuss whether he is ready to return to his role," Sky Sports said in a statement.

Carragher was suspended on Monday and that was extended on Wednesday until the season ends in May. The new Premier League campaign opens in August.

Carragher has apologized for the spitting incident, which happened after working on Sky's broadcast of Manchester United's 2-1 victory over Liverpool at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Carragher claims he was goaded by the driver and some of his spit hit the United fan's daughter.

"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," Sky said.

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