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10th Sep 2022

Trevor Sinclair apologises for ‘ill-timed’ tweet about The Queen’s death

Simon Lloyd

‘I apologise for any offence caused to those mourning The Queen’

Former England international footballer Trevor Sinclair has apologised for offending those mourning the death of Queen Elizabeth II with an ‘ill-timed’ tweet on Thursday.

Buckingham Palace confirmed on Thursday evening that The Queen had passed away peacefully at her residence at Balmoral earlier in the afternoon.

That same evening, Sinclair drew heavy criticism on social media for tweeting: ‘Racism was outlawed in England in the 60’s & its been allowed to thrive so why should black & brown mourn!! #queen’.

Broadcaster talkSPORT, where Sinclair has recently worked as a pundit, distanced themselves from his remarks after being hit with a barrage of complaints and on Friday afternoon released a further statement confirming he would no be on air for the foreseeable future while an investigation into the circumstances and timing of his tweet was carried out.

‘While we respect the right of Trevor Sinclair to express his opinion on his personal twitter account, talkSPORT does not endorse the tweet,’ the statement read.

Sinclair deleted his tweet on Friday morning, with his account disappearing soon after. Before it did, he posted an apology: ‘My tweet yesterday was ill timed at a time when the royal family, and many around the world were grieving for the Queen.

‘I apologise for any offence caused to those mourning The Queen.’

Many missed the apology with his account being temporarily being deactivated. Sinclair’s account is now back on the platform, with his apology tweet visible at the top of his feed.

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