Trevor Sinclair pulled from Match of the Day

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Ex-footballer and BBC Match of the Day presenter Trevor Sinclair has been removed from the show amid a recent drink-driving scandal.

The 44-year-old appeared in court on January 2, where he pleaded guilty to drink-driving and to a racially aggravated public order offence against police officer Gareth Evans.

Employed as a freelance broadcaster for the BBC, a spokesperson for the corporation told The Sun Online that Sinclair would not be appearing on Match of the Day for the foreseeable future.

"We currently have no scheduled plans to use him on our programmes," the BBC representative said.

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Sinclair - who once played for England - was arrested in Blackpool last year and allegedly called Evans a "white c**t" in the fracas.

Following the incident, Sinclair proceeded to tweet: "Racist old bill all over the Sinclair residence again tonight. Thank god as a black man I've not fallen asleep again."

An attorney for the footballer maintained that the "catalyst" to Sinclair's behaviour had been being the victim of alleged racial discrimination in front of his family earlier in the evening, The Telegraph reports.

Known for his punditry work since retiring from football in 2008, Sinclair also became an advocate of the anti-discrimination charity Show Racism The Red Card.

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District Judge Jeff Brailsford admitted that the presenter showed "genuine remorse" for his actions, but still handed him a sentence of 150 hours' unpaid work, a 20-month driving ban, and ordered him to pay Evans £500 compensation.

However, charges of assaulting a police officer, failing to provide a sample and criminal damage were all dropped, according to BBC News.

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