Former England winger Trevor Sinclair sparked outrage on social media with a controversial tweet following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday. The country’s longest-reigning monarch died at her Balmoral residence in Scotland while surrounded by close members of the royal family, with Buckingham Palace confirming the news in an official statement later Thursday evening.
Tributes have already poured in from across the sporting world, with many of football’s biggest figures paying their respects on social media in the hours since the Queen’s death was announced. Sinclair managed to stir up fury with his tweethowever, in which he claimed that racism was “allowed to thrive” during the Queen’s 70-year reign.
He wrote: “Racism was outlawed in England in the 1960s and has been allowed to thrive, so why should the black and brown cry?”
Sinclair’s comment was quickly met with a huge amount of backlash, with a large number of people criticizing the former Manchester City and West Ham United striker, who posted his tweet just hours after the death of the queen
@JulieHaslam didn’t mince her words in her response to Sinclair’s original tweet, saying: “Amazing. Disgusting. Unfollowed.”
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Former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan was also stunned when he replied: “Trev, I’m really not sure that’s an appropriate thought, let alone tweeting. The country has lost a very significant person and the respect and the value should be the main feelings. not division!”
Jordan’s comments were echoed by @Ian_Tex_Greer, who added: “Status of this tweet. You can think what you want about the monarchy and choose not to cry, it’s your choice, but why feel the need to tweet about it ?”
@Cal_lung also challenged Sinclair’s opinion by replying: “As a man of color Trev, you are completely out of line here. I actually think racism works both ways.
“Regarding that comment, this lady served this country in a way that will never be seen again. Slavery was aborted during her reign…remember the facts.”
@RickyMartin247 was another left fuming over Sinclair’s controversial post, adding: “Absolute disgrace of a tweet. Keep your head in shame and while you’re at it, hats off to England for saying -ho. It’s clear you’re looking for click.bait at a time of national pain.”
Other respondents called for Sinclair to be sacked from his role as a pundit on talkSPORT, while some pointed to the fact that he appeared to have sympathy for the Queen in 2020 when he tweeted that she was ‘genuine in humility’ and ‘still inspired’.
TalkSPORT later revealed they were investigating the matter in a tweet which said: “We have been trying to contact Trevor Sinclair following the views expressed on his Twitter account. talkSPORT does not support the views expressed and is investigating the matter “.
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