Former England player Trevor Sinclair has deleted his Twitter account after asking why "black and brown" people should mourn following the death of the Queen.
The Queen died aged 96 at Balmoral in Scotland on Thursday afternoon.
Just over one hour after the news was made public, former England international Trevor Sinclair and talkSPORT pundit tweeted: "Racism was outlawed in England in the 60’s & its been allowed to thrive so why should black & brown mourn!!"
The initial post was tweeted with spelling errors, and was later taken down and reposted with them taken out.
Sinclair was met with a flood of criticism. A spokesperson for talkSPORT has confirmed it was investigating and Sinclair would not appear on their show while it was underway.
A tweet from the social media account said: "Trevor Sinclair will not be on air while we carry out a thorough investigation into the circumstances and timing of his tweet.
"While we respect the right of Trevor Sinclair to express his opinion on his personal twitter account, talkSPORT does not endorse the tweet."
Shortly before midday on Friday, Sinclair's Twitter account had been deleted.
Twitter users took to the platform to condemn the former QPR and West Ham player who won 12 caps for England between 2001—2003.
Sinclair was previously fired by the BBC in 2018 after being convicted of drink driving and racially abusing a police officer.
Others referred to a previous tweet of his from two years ago, in which he called the Queen "genuine".
On 5 April, 2020, he wrote: “Our Queen looked so fragile when addressing the nation earlier but was so genuine with humility, her majesty still inspired #UnitedKingdom.”
Also among those to criticise him was his former teammate Brett Ormerod, who said: “Wow, no words trev, you clearly have a short memory.
“The queen has been a beacon of hope for everything and everyone, very bad timing.
“I really don’t agree with you on this and you’re the one with the racism conviction, not her. You’re so wrong on this.”
His fellow pundit Simon Jordan - who often works on the same show - also condemned the comments.
“I’m really not sure that is an appropriate thought, let alone tweet,” he wrote.
“The country has lost a very significant person and respect and value should be the overriding sentiments not division!”
Yahoo News UK has contacted talkSPORT for comment.