Sky Sports football pundit Peter Beagrie sacked over assault conviction

Peter BeagrieImage copyrightPA
Image captionPeter Beagrie was said to be angry and drunk when he attacked his partner

Ex-Premier League footballer Peter Beagrie has been sacked as a Sky Sports pundit after being convicted of an assault on his partner.

The 51-year-old ex-Everton, Manchester City and Bradford City winger punched Zarah Blake while angry and drunk, his trial heard.

Beagrie, of Killinghall, North Yorkshire, was sentenced to a 12-month community order on Tuesday.

He said he intended to appeal against his conviction.

In a statement following the hearing at Skipton Magistrates Court, Beagrie said: “I am innocent, something I have maintained from the outset; that is why the verdict was so devastating.

“I will be appealing.”

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Image captionBeagrie (right) played for several clubs including Bradford City, Everton, Manchester City and Scunthorpe United

He said he was still with Ms Blake, adding: “This has been an upsetting and traumatic time for us and we both feel there is no other alternative but to appeal.”

The court heard he punched his partner during an argument in Harrogate in April.

A Sky Sports spokesman said: “When we first became aware of the charge, we removed Peter from our coverage pending his case.

“Following the outcome we have terminated his contract with immediate effect.”