Andy Hughes, a Manchester United fan, filmed Jamie Carragher spitting at his 14-year-old daughter
This is the father who filmed Jamie Carragher’s spitting at his 14-year-old daughter, MailOnline can reveal.
Andy Hughes, a die-hard Manchester United fan, used his mobile phone to record the shameful incident that has left Carragher clinging on to his £1million-a-year Sky Sports job.
Mr Hughes, from Colwyn Bay, north Wales, shouted: ‘2-1, 2-1, unlucky Jamie lad, 2-1 lad’ from his open car window after spotting the TV presenter in traffic following Liverpool’s loss to Manchester United on Saturday.
He then watched as former Liverpool star Carragher launch a mouthful of spit, which hit his 14-year-old daughter sat in the car.
Mr Hughes – who says that he ‘hates Scousers’ on his Instagram account – filmed the encounter with the TV presenter on his mobile phone.
In the footage his daughter can be heard saying: ‘He spat on me.’ Hughes asks her: ‘Where did it hit you?’ The schoolgirl replies: ‘On my face.’
His daughter then burst into tears, Hughes claims. The girl’s 38-year-old mother Sarah was also in the car.
Mr Hughes (pictured with wife Sarah) from Colwyn Bay, north Wales, shouted ‘2-1, 2-1, unlucky Jamie lad, 2-1 lad’ at the ex-Liverpool star. On his Instagram page he admits to hating Scousers
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher has been filmed spitting at a teenage schoolgirl after Liverpool lost 2-1 to Manchester United
The former England defender said that it was a ‘moment of madness’ and admitted his actions were disgusting
Carragher, who was born Bootle, Merseyside, and is worth £15 million, has since phoned Hughes to apologise for spitting at his daughter in a ‘moment of madness’.
Mr Hughes has also been spoken to by police as enquiries are ongoing into the incident.
He and his wife have urged Sky Sports not to sack the former Liverpool defender over the altercation.
He said: ‘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.’
Mrs Hughes added: ‘He did seem extremely sorry.’
Earlier today BBC presenter Jeremy Vine said in a tweet that the person filming Carragher should be jailed for using a mobile at the wheel.
The Radio 2 host hit out at Carragher, branding his actions ‘disgusting’ and ‘certainly sackable’ but implied that using a phone on the motorway was worse as the man should go ‘straight to jail.’
He wrote: ‘Spitting: disgusting, possibly criminal, certainly sackable.
‘Filming on a mobile while driving a car with a child in the back, on a motorway, paying no attention whatsoever to the road: straight to jail.’
Carragher, who claimed Mr Hughes goaded him, has been suspended by Sky Sports and he has been axed by Danish channel TV3 Sport.
However he said he had apologised to the family and would apologise again.
He told Sky News: ‘I called the family obviously they were upset and disappointed last night.
‘I spoke to the 14-year-old girl. That was my biggest regret.
‘There’s lots of regrets for what has happened but certainly the biggest one is for the 14-year-old girl to be caught in the middle of my altercation with her father.
Carragher sat down in the Sky News studio and watched the shocking video
‘That devastates me a little bit more than anything else as a young girl has become embroiled in this when she wasn’t involved.’
In an emotional interview on Sky News yesterday Carragher said what he did was the ‘lowest of the low’ and that he was ‘devastated’ by his ‘unacceptable’ behaviour.
After watching footage of the incident the former England international said: ‘A moment of madness which is difficult to explain.
‘Watching those clips back it feels like an out of body thing – just that moment of madness for four or five seconds.
‘No matter what the circumstances for anyone you can’t ever behave like that. That is just unacceptable.
‘My biggest regret is for the 14-year-old girl to be caught in the middle of it. That devastates me more than anything.
‘I have a daughter exactly the same age and if somebody had done that it’s difficult for me to find the words to how I would react.’
Carragher’s co-star Gary Neville today showed his support for the former Liverpool player by saying the ‘isolated incident shouldn’t stop them working together’
He added: ‘It’s a poor message of not just about being in the game, it’s a poor message for everyone out there – man, woman or children. It’s the lowest of the low.
‘All I can do now is obviously speak to you and speak to the family again and apologise as much as I can.’
A die-hard Manchester United fan Hughes idolizes club players writing ‘[Eric] Cantona’s magic’ on his Instagram account.
He posted a huge poster of the victims of the 1958 Munich Air Disaster, in which 23 died, with the words ‘We’ll Never Die’, on his Facebook page shortly before the 60th anniversary last month.
Mr Hughes refused to comment at his home in North Wales when approached by MailOnline
Mr Hughes is a big Manchester United fan who says he hates Scousers on his Instagram page
He also reveals he is fiercely proud of his ‘Manchester United’ dinner plate, on his Facebook account.
Hughes lists his other interests as the bands Smashing Pumkins, The Doors, watching Game of Thrones and lying down.
On his Facebook profile he has pictured a jar with a label that reads; ‘We might die from medication, but we sure killed all the pain’.