Gary Lineker pays touching Gerald Sinstadt tribute after wonderful TV icon dies aged 91

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Gary Lineker has paid a touching tribute to former commentator Gerald Sinstadt, who died at the age of 91 on Wednesday. Sinstadt was one of football’s most instantly-recognisable voices after working in the game for more than 40 years.

Lineker took to social media on Wednesday night to pay his respects.

“Saddened to hear that Gerald Sinstadt has left us,” Lineker wrote on Twitter. “A wonderful broadcaster and brilliant wordsmith with such a distinctive voice. RIP Gerald.”

Sinstadt worked for both the BBC and ITV throughout his illustrious career and covered the Olympic Games and golf.

But he will be mainly remembered for his football commentaries.

Sinstadt was the BBC’s pitchside reporter on the day of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989 and was also one of the first commentators to slam the racist abuse suffered by black footballers, including during West Brom’s 5-3 win at Manchester United in 1978.

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