Former England football star and TV pundit Trevor Sinclair racially abused a police officer and urinated in a patrol car after being stopped for drink-driving, a court heard.
The 44-year-old former Manchester City winger was initially arrested for drink driving after giving a reading of 72 micrograms in 100ml of breath – double the 35 micrograms limit.
The BBC pundit asked an officer if he was being arrested because he was black before urinating in a police car.
Sinclair, a patron of the charity anti-racism charity Kick It Out, continued to be racist while being booked in at Blackpool Police Station.
Today Sinclair pleaded guilty to drink driving and a racially aggravated public order offence on November 12 last year.
His solicitor, celebrity lawyer Nick ‘Mr Loophole’ Freeman told a court that Sinclair was “totally embarrassed” with his behaviour.
Mr Freeman said a woman had approached the father-of-four, patting him on the head and calling him a ‘little chocolate man’.
The incident later proved to be the ‘catalyst’ for the defendant’s actions, a court was told.
After Sinclair’s guilty pleas, the prosecution dropped other charges including assault on a police officer, failing to provide a specimen and criminal damage.
Sinclair, who lives in a £500,000 home on Victory Boulevard in Lytham, Lancs., also accepts that the police in Blackpool, Lancs., are not racist, a court heard.
He was handed 150 hours of community service for a racially-aggravated public order offence and given a 20-month drink drive ban.
A Lancashire Police spokesman said at the time of the arrest: “Officers attended the property and found a man had already left the property in his car, a Tesla X60d.
“A short time later officers found the driver and vehicle which had been involved in a minor collision with a woman pedestrian on Clifton Drive.
“Mr Sinclair was also arrested on suspicion of assault and a separate criminal damage matter but will face no further action in respect of those matters.”
Sinclair, who played in the Premier League and at the 2002 World Cup for England, retired in 2008 and worked as a pundit, including on Match Of The Day.
Kick It Out, which campaigns to tackle discrimination in football, and the BBC have been contacted for a comment.
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