Italian sportswear brand Sergio Tacchini has appointed ex-footballer Lee Sharpe to be UK ambassador for a forthcoming shoe range, Brand Republic reported.

Sharpe, a former Manchester United and Leeds United footballer, has more recently appeared on ITV's reality TV show Celebrity Love Island.

In 2001, tennis player and ex-Tacchini ambassador Martina Hingis unsuccessfully sued the firm for allegedly supplying her with shoes that hurt her foot and ankle.