Trevor Sinclair reveals he REJECTED offer to work as a pundit in Qatar

Trevor Sinclair reveals he turned down offers to go to Qatar for the World Cup because ‘my morals aren’t pick and choose’, months after only apologising ‘for any offence’ over saying ‘black and brown people’ should not mourn the Queen

  • Trevor Sinclair says he rejected working in Qatar as a pundit at the World Cup
  • The former England star insisted that his ‘morals aren’t there to pick and choose’
  • The World Cup has been criticised because of Qatar’s poor human rights record
  • Sinclair vowed he ‘will not judge’ anyone else for working as a pundit in Qatar 
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Trevor Sinclair has admitted he turned down the opportunity to work in Qatar during the World Cup because his ‘morals aren’t there to pick and choose’, just months after apologising for ‘any offence caused’ by his controversial tweet following the death of the Queen.

Sinclair was suspended by talkSPORT in September after he insisted on social media that ‘black and brown’ people should not mourn the death of Queen Elizabeth II because racism was allowed to ‘thrive’ during her reign.

The 49-year-old later made a grovelling apology for ‘any offence caused’ on social media, admitting his comments were ‘ill-timed’.

The 2022 World Cup has been the centre of criticism as a result of Qatar’s poor human rights record, particularly in relation to migrant workers and the host nation’s stance on LGBTQ+ rights.

In a message on social media, Sinclair insisted he was not judging any pundits for travelling to Qatar, but revealed that his ‘morals’ prompted him to reject an opportunity to work there during the tournament.

He posted to Twitter on Friday: ‘I’m not judging anyone else and I’d love to have been working in the sunshine in Qatar at the World Cup, but my morals aren’t there to pick and choose to suit me. 

‘They are me, so I turned down the offer many months ago.’

The former West Ham and Manchester City winger signed off his tweet with the hashtag #EqualityForAllPeople, followed by an array of different coloured love hearts.

Trevor Sinclair said his morals ‘aren’t there to pick and choose’ and rejected working in Qatar

The former England international said he would not judge any pundits for travelling to Qatar

Sinclair was suspended by talkSPORT for controversially tweeting after the Queen’s death

He told ‘black and brown people’ not to mourn her before apologising for ‘any offence caused’

Fellow reputable former England internationals including the likes of Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer, Micah Richards, Gary Neville and Rio Ferdinand are heading to Qatar to be a part of BBC’s and ITV’s World Cup coverage.

But Sinclair clearly feels that remaining at home will send a stronger message to Qatar.

Sportsmail revealed on Friday that the FA were willing to accept a fine from FIFA for dressing Harry Kane in an inclusivity-promoting ‘One Love’ captain’s armband at the tournament.

FA chief executive Mark Bullingham admitted the governing body had yet to receive a response from FIFA two months after sending their initial request. 

The ex-West Ham and Manchester City star made 12 caps for England between 2001 and 2003

England captain Harry Kane will wear an inclusivity-promoting ‘One Love’ armband in Qatar

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