Pundit booted off TV for boozy trip

People | r 4 Jan 2018

Former England football international Trevor Sinclair has been dropped as a pundit by the BBC after he racially abused a policeman who arrested him for drink-driving.

Sinclair, 44, was ordered to do 150 hours' community service and banned from driving for 20 months after being found to be twice over the legal limit.

A magistrates court in Blackpool was told Sinclair, who previously worked for anti-discrimination charity Show Racism The Red Card, asked the policeman if he was being arrested because he was black. He then accused police of racism before urinating in a patrol car and calling the arresting officer a "white ..." followed by an offensive word.

A BBC spokesman said the former Manchester City and West Ham player, who turned out 12 times for England, worked for the broadcaster on a freelance basis and it had plans to use him again.

Sinclair, who pleaded guilty, was also ordered to pay the policeman involved 500 (HK$5,315) in compensation.

A lawyer for Sinclair said his client was "appalled at his behavior, embarrassed and contrite," claiming the catalyst for it was a racist comment aimed at him while having a meal with his family earlier.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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