Soccer great Gary Lineker will “step back” from presenting England’s flagship soccer show Match Of The Day while his row with the BBC remains unresolved.
Lineker steps away from Match of the Day amid BBC row
Gary Lineker, one of England’s most celebrated sports heroes, will “step back” from presenting the country’s flagship soccer show, Match Of The Day, following his criticism of the UK’s migration policy.
And his fellow former England striker, Ian Wright, said on Friday he won’t appear on Saturday’s programme, out of “solidarity” with Lineker.
The BBC said it had been in discussions with Lineker and his team in recent days and decided that he would step back from presenting Match of the Day “until we’ve got an agreed and clear position on his use of social media”.
Lineker, one of the best strikers in English football who has gone on to become the BBC’s highest-paid presenter since his career ended, has been embroiled in a row over impartiality after comparing the language used to launch a new Government asylum policy with that of 1930s Germany.