Gerald Sinstadt: Former BBC and ITV football commentator dies aged 91

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Gerald Sinstadt, who became one of football's most recognisable commentators, has died aged 91.

The former broadcaster covered four World Cups for ITV between 1970 and 1982.

He also worked on the Olympics for the BBC and covered games for Match Of The Day and Football Focus.

BBC Sport executive producer Andrew Clement said: "He was a craftsman, a very good commentator and just a lovely man."

Sinstadt was among the first commentators to highlight racial abuse from the terraces, during West Brom's 5-3 win at Manchester United in 1978.

Earlier in his career, he worked for BBC Radio before moving to Anglia Television and then Granada.

His first World Cup for ITV came in Mexico in 1970, before covering each tournament until the 1982 finals held in Spain.

Born in Kent, Sinstadt also worked on a number of other sports for TV, including golf and the Cambridge-Oxford Boat Race in the 1990s.

He also commentated on Steve Redgrave and Matthew Pinsent's legendary rowing successes in the Olympics.

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