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Lineker To Return To MOTD On Saturday After BBC Backs Down

Tom Douglas
Tom Douglas

11:07 13 Mar 2023

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Gary Lineker's going to return to presenting sport for the BBC - days after being pulled off-air for comments he made about government policy.

The broadcaster repeated an apology to audiences, but stopped short of saying sorry to the Match of the Day presenter.

The corporation's also launching a review into its social media guidelines.

Stop The Boats

Gary Lineker initially tweeted criticism of the Conservative Party's policy to "stop the boats," as they've put it.

The former England footballer called it "cruel" and said it reminded him of rhetoric used in Germany in the 1930s.


In a series of tweets, the former footballer thanked his BBC Sport colleagues for their solidarity.

Across the weekend, fellow broadcasters, commentators and pundits stepped away from shows like Match of the Day and Football Focus.

It included huge names like Alex Scott, Alan Shearer and Ian Wright, among many others.

As a result, Match of the Day didn't even air the iconic theme tune on Saturday night, instead using a graphic that read "Premier League Highlights."

The programme was about 20 minutes long, and showed a few short snippets from each match that had taken place during the day.

It was nothing you can't find on YouTube after a match has finished to be honest.

The BBC's director general, Tim Davie, gave this explanation for the decision.

"I think it was a very big moment in terms of us saying we have to take stock here, we have to take action."

"We did take action, which we thought was proportionate."

"As the BBC we believe we did the right thing, I think I did the right thing."

Mr. Davie has also announced the BBC is to launch an independent review into it's social media guidelines, with a special focus on freelancers who work outside news and current affairs.

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