I HAVE always liked Jamie Carragher's work on Sky Sports, as he has excelled as a pundit in recent years and has always come across as likeable guy.

But he certainly let himself down at the weekend when footage emerged of him spitting at a car.

Carragher has since apologised after the incident in which he reacted to taunts from United fans after they beat Liverpool 2-1.

In the video, Carragher winds down his window, while a 14-year-old girl is sitting in the passenger seat.

Her dad can be heard shouting: "Unlucky Jamie lad. Two, one."

And then Carragher spits out at the car, with some of it going through the window onto the girl, national media reports.

Later Carragher tweeted: "Totally out of order & I've apologised personally to all the family this evening.

"I was goaded 3/4 times along the motorway while being filmed & lost my rag. No excuse apologies."

As I write this Carragher has been taken off a Danish sports channel, and I would be very surprised if Sky Sports do not make a similar move. Spitting is disgusting. There is no excuse for it, and Carragher will rightly now face the consequences of his actions.

The 40-year-old should have known better. National media was quick to point out that in a 2015 newspaper column he branded spitting “vile” and “disgusting”.

It was such a bizarre incident. For many Carragher is a role model - they will feel let down by his actions.

I understand television personalities are only human, but it is a surprise to see celebrities put themselves in this position.

I understand they are often goaded, targeted by people attempting to get a reaction. But if you are highly paid and put yourself in the spotlight, you have to walk away. Celebrities must realise everybody can film anything on their phone these days.

Which leads me to the second point. It appeared from the footage that the man filming it was driving the car while using the phone.

There is no excuse for that at all either, especially as he had his daughter in the car with him at the time.

If you drive while using a mobile you are obviously distracted, which means police can take action.

No one looks good coming out of this unsavoury and completely unnecessary incident.