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BBC drops football pundit Sinclair after racial abuse

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

Sinclair, 44, was ordered on Tuesday to do 150 hours' community service and given a 20-month drink-driving ban after being found to be twice over the legal limit.

A magistrates court in Blackpool, northwest England, heard Sinclair asked the policeman if he was being arrested because he was black and accused the police of racism before urinating in a patrol car.

He then called the officer a “White...” followed by an offensive word.

A BBC spokesman said the former Manchester City and West Ham player who played 12 times for England had worked for the broadcaster on a freelance basis and they "currently had no scheduled plans" to use him again.

Sinclair has previously worked for anti-discrimination charity Show Racism The Red Card. The charity declined to comment on his conviction.

After Sinclair pleaded guilty, he was also ordered to pay the policeman involved £500 pounds ($680) in compensation.

District Judge Jeff Brailsford told Sinclair: "You have worked long hours to try to eradicate what is a real scourge in society.

“So it is particularly sad when events unfolded that night, the words you used that night.”

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