Downing Street calls Gary Lineker’s criticism of asylum policy ‘unacceptable’
Gary Lineker will “back off” presenting Match of the Day until he and the BBC reach an “unanimous and clear position” on his use of social media.
The presenter was embroiled in a spat over neutrality after comparing the language used to launch a new government asylum policy with Germany in the 1930s.
A BBC spokesperson said that Linker’s recent social media activity was “a breach of our guidelines”.
“We’ve never said that Gary should be a no-brainer, or that he can’t have a point on issues that matter to him, but we’ve said he should stay very far from taking sides on political issues or partisan political differences.”
It is not yet clear who will stand alongside him during Saturday’s edition of today’s match.
The row was sparked by his response on Twitter to an Interior Ministry video in which Interior Minister Soyla Braverman revealed the government’s plans to stop migrants from crossing the Channel on small boats.
Tory minister says Gary Lineker needs to study history books “more carefully” after the asylum row
James Cleverly suggested that Gary Lineker needed to study the “history books” after comparing the language about government asylum policy to Germany in the 1930s.
The Foreign Secretary added that “the simple fact is that the UK is a hospitable and hospitable country”.
“There are some people who are desperate to get attention by using very offensive and inappropriate language about it,” Cleverly said.
“I would kindly suggest that they read their history books more carefully.”
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Tory minister says Gary Lineker needs to study “the history books more carefully” after the asylum row
Thomas KingsleyMarch 10, 2023 17:30
Ian Wright also backs down for Match of the Day after Lineker’s announcement
Football expert Ian Wright has announced he will not play Match of the Day this weekend in solidarity with Gary Lineker.
He said on Twitter: “Everyone knows what today’s game means to me, but I told the BBC I wouldn’t do it tomorrow. Symbiosis.”
Thomas KingsleyMarch 10, 2023 17:27
Who will replace Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker?
Gary Lineker has stepped down from presenting Match of the Day with caretaker host poised to replace him this weekend.
The move from the BBC follows a row over impartiality over comments Lineker made criticizing the government’s new asylum policy.
The BBC, which has hailed Blinker as “second to none” for its flagship football and sports coverage, insisted his Twitter comments were “a breach of our guidelines” before advising the former England international to “steer clear of taking sides with a partisan politician”. political issues or disagreements.
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Thomas KingsleyMarch 10, 2023 17:24
Good afternoon and welcome to The Independent’s coverage of Gary Lineker who has walked away from presenting Match of the Day on the BBC following a row on Twitter over the government’s small boat policy.
Thomas KingsleyMarch 10, 2023 17:21
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