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‘For a good six months I wasn't myself’ – Jamie Carragher on his ‘embarrassment’ over spitting controversy

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Jamie Carragher outside Sky studios after the spitting incident

Jamie Carragher outside Sky studios after the spitting incident

Jamie Carragher outside Sky studios after the spitting incident

Jamie Carragher has spoken about the “six months of pain” he lived through after coming close to losing his job at Sky Sports amid a spitting storm in 2018.

Former Liverpool defender Carragher was caught on camera spitting at Manchester United fans as he made his way back from a game at Old Trafford, with Sky handing their star pundit a six-month suspension after deciding not to sack him for his actions.

Speaking on The Overlap with Gary Neville, Carragher has opened up on the incident for the first time since his return to the Sky Sports screens, as he admitted the impact on him and his family from the incident was profound.

"That knocked me for six months," he confessed. "For a good six months I wasn't myself. I'd get up in the morning and just have that pain in my stomach, ‘oh that did happen’.

"I went to see Steve Peters (a psychologist) after it. I felt really bad, embarrassed, my family, my mum or dad. And the kids.

"I remember getting back to the house that night when I'd been at Sky (to appeal on air to be allowed to keep his job). I haven't seen the kids, they're at school, and you just get back and we all sat together and it was tough.

"Even though we're in the public eye, we're not the royals, Beckham, big stars. You read them on the front page. When it's you, everywhere I went it felt like people were looking at me."

He admits his return to his role as a Sky Sports pundit came as a relief.

"I owned it. I didn’t blame anyone else. I accepted it. I took my medicine," he added. "Whatever s*** is thrown at me I'll take it. And that’s the way I was as a player."

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