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Manchester City coach spared jail after admitting to killing motorcyclist while asleep at the wheel

By Paddy von Behr

A Manchester City youth team coach has been spared a jail sentence after admitting to falling asleep behind the wheel of his car and killing a motorcyclist.

Scott Sellars, 47, who coaches the City under-18s, pleaded guilty to death by dangerous driving, following the fatal accident in April 2011.

He was given a six-month suspended sentence at Nottingham Crown Court and ordered to undertake 300 hours of community service.

The victim of the collision was 47-year-old motorcyclist Simon Burnett who was airlifted to the hospital following the accident but died from his injuries.

The crash happened on the A6 in Derbyshire, after Sellers had returned from coaching the City youth team in Dubai.

The court heard Sellers had apologised to Mr Burnett’s family and the judge, recorder Shaun Smith, described the accident as a single careless act.

Following a brief spell as Chesterfield Town assistant manager, Sellers joined the City coaching staff in October 2009.

Prior to that, he enjoyed a 20-year career as a professional footballer, playing more than 500 times for seven different clubs, including Bolton Wanderers.

He also played three times for the England under-21s, during his time at Blackburn Rovers.

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