Scott Sellars: Ex-footballer sentenced for death crash

Scott Sellars
Image caption Sellars played for Blackburn, Newcastle and Bolton

Ex-professional footballer Scott Sellars has been sentenced after he fell asleep while driving his car and killed a motorcyclist.

Sellars, 47, who played for Newcastle and Blackburn, pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving.

He was driving home from work after returning from Dubai, where he had been coaching Manchester City's youth team.

The crash happened on the A6 in Derbyshire in April 2011, Nottingham Crown Court heard.

Sellars, who started his career at Leeds in 1983, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.

His six-month sentence was suspended and he was ordered to do 300 hours of community service.

The court was told Sellars had apologised to the family of the motorcyclist, Simon Burnett.

The judge, recorder Shaun Smith, said it was a single careless act because Sellars was not showing off or speeding.

The midfielder also played for England's under-21 team as well as Huddersfield Town and Mansfield Town.

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