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Ex-City star says ‘brown and black’ people should not mourn death of Queen Elizabeth II

Trevor Sinclair, now a talkSport radio commentator, is being investigated after claiming racism in England had ‘thrived’ during the monarch’s long reign

Former Manchester City star Trevor Sinclair is being investigated by talkSport after saying that ‘black and brown’ people should not mourn the Queen’s death.

Sinclair, who played 98 times for City over four years after signing for the club in 2003, is being investigated by the radio company, where he works as a football commentator, after tweeting shortly after the monarch’s death was announced that racism in the UK had ‘thrived’ during her long reign. Sporting stars across the globe paid tribute to the Queen, who died yesterday at the age of 96 at Balmoral, but Sinclair tweeted: “Racism was outlawed in England in the 60’s & it’s been allowed to thrive so why should black and brown mourn!!”

Talksport announced that it was attempting to make contact with Sinclair to discuss the tweet. It said: “talkSport does not support those views expressed and is investigating the matter.”

Sinclair’s comments received a furious backlash on Twitter, with Simon Jordan, the former Crystal Palace owner who often shares a studio with Sinclair, saying: “Trev, I’m really not sure that is an appropriate thought, let alone tweet. The country has lost a very significant person and respect and value should be the overriding sentiments not division!”

Georgie Bingham, another colleague of Sinclair at talkSport, said: “Bloody hell Trev. What the hell are you thinking?” And former Peterborough United striker Aaron McLean added: “To say I’m confused as to why you’ve felt the need to tweet this is an understatement.”

Former heptathlete Kelly Sotherton, who won three Olympic bronze medals during her career, was scathing of Sinclair’s comments, saying: “You should be ashamed of yourself… I have no other words that are appropriate.”

In 2018, Sinclair was dropped by the BBC as a pundit after he racially abused a police officer who had arrested him for drink-driving. In court, he pleaded guilty to drink-driving and a racially aggravated public order offence, and was sentenced to 150 hours of community service for the public order offence and given a 20-month driving ban.

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