'Obnoxious, Aggressive and Racist'—BBC Pundit Trevor Sinclair Admits Drink Driving Charges

Former England international and Premier League footballer Trevor Sinclair has admitted to drink driving and racially abusing a police officer, according to reports.

Sinclair, who played for Blackpool, QPR, West Ham, Cardiff and Manchester City, was arrested in Lytham on November 12 when he became agitated and accused police of racism, a court was told according to the BBC.

The 44-year-old, who played 12 times for England, racially abused the officer who arrested him. Sinclair has since accepted he did not suffer racism at the hands of the police, Blackpool Magistrates' Court heard on Tuesday (January 2).

Police were called to Sinclair's home after being told he had driven his car and was believed to have been drinking. They found him in Clifton Drive, Blackpool.

Sinclair had been involved in a collision with a woman getting out a taxi, the court was told, and, when breathalysed, he was found to be twice the legal alcohol limit.

A statement from PC Gareth Evans, the arresting officer, was read to the courtroom. He described the BBC pundit as "calm, polite and courteous" before he became "more confrontational" when arrested.

Former Footballer Trevor Sinclair
Trevor Sinclair at The City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester, August 26, 2006. Sinclair ended his career playing for Manchester City. ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty

Sinclair made racist comments, the report says, when he was put in the back of the police van. PC Evans added that Sinclair continued to be "obnoxious, aggressive and racist while being booked in." The court was also told that Sinclair urinated in a police car during his arrest.

Sinclair, who regularly does analysis for 'Match of the Day', has been sentenced to 150 hours of unpaid work and disqualified from driving for 20 months. He was also ordered to pay £500 in compensation to the officer he abused.

His solicitor, Nick Freeman, described Sinclair as "totally appalled by his behavior, embarrassed and contrite." Freeman claimed that the reason for his client's behavior was because Sinclair was subjected to racism while out for a meal with his family earlier that day.

BBC Pundit Trevor Sinclair
Paul Scholes, left, Danny Murphy, center, and Trevor Sinclair at Moor Lane, Salford, England, December 4, 2015. Sinclair admitted drink driving and racially abusing a police officer. Alex Livesey/Getty