Scott Sellars is now an academy manager at Manchester City (MCFC)
Scott Sellars is now an academy manager at Manchester City (MCFC)

A former premier league footballer has been spared jail after he admitted falling asleep at the wheel of his BMW and killing a motorcyclist.

Scott Sellers, 47, who made more than 500 appearances during his career at clubs such as Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers, pleaded guilty to death by dangerous driving following the accident in April 2011.

Sellers, who now coaches Manchester City's under-18s, was given a given six-month suspended sentence and ordered to do 300 hours of community service by Nottingham crown court.

The crash occurred on the A6 in Derbyshire as Sellars was driving home after returning from Dubai, where he had been coaching Manchester City's youth team.

The motorcyclist, Simon Burnett, 47, was airlifted to hospital but died of his injuries.

The court heard how Sellers had apologised to the family of victim.

Sellars, who also made three appearances for the England U21 team, has also been banned from driving for two years.

The judge, recorder Shaun Smith, described the act as a single act of carelessness and noted he was not speeding at the time.

The midfielder began his career in 1983 and played for eight clubs before retiring in 2003.