Gary Lineker commented on government policy
A high opposition has been arised for Gary linker commented on Government policy in his twitter account. He tweeted his criticism of the UK government’s new policy towards asylum seekers. As of that many oppositions have been made for his tweet and he was not allowed to present match of the day.
Match of the Day will air without presenters, as BBC had announced after Ian Wright and Alan Shearer pulled out of the show in “solidarity” with Gary Lineker, who was told not to present match of the day..
The presenter has been embroiled in a row over impartiality after comparing the language used to launch a new government asylum policy with 1930s Germany.
Ian Wright responded to the news on Twitter saying: “Everybody knows what Match of the Day means to me, but I’ve told the BBC I won’t be doing it tomorrow Solidarity.”
Alan Shearer said would not appear on the show on Saturday night either, with Alex Scott, Micah Richards and Jermaine Jenas also joining the list of pundits who had ruled out an appearance.
A BBC person said on Friday night: “We understand their position and we have decided that the programme will focus on match action without studio presentation or punditry.”
The row was sparked by his response on Twitter to a Home Office video in which home secretary Suella Braverman unveiled plans to stop people crossing the Channel on small boats.
Reaction for Gary Lineker’s tweet
Lineker, who has previously hosted refugees in his home, retweeted a post featuring a video of the UK’s Home Secretary Suella Braverman talking about the “stop the boats” policy, with the comment “Good heavens, this is beyond awful”.
Challenged by a respondent, Lineker tweeted: “This is just an immeasurably cruel policy directed at the most vulnerable people in language that is not dissimilar to that used by Germany in the 30s, and I’m out of order?”
A spokeswoman for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said Lineker’s comments were “not acceptable”. Lineker said he would “continue to try and speak up for those poor souls that have no voice”.
Lineker was told there must be an agreed position on his use of social media before he could return to work, the BBC said on Friday. Director-General Tim Davie said the BBC had taken “proportionate action”.
One of the premier soccer programs on British television was thrown into turmoil on Friday after the BBC suspended its host, the former English soccer star Gary Lineker, over comments he made criticizing the Conservative government’s plan to stop asylum seekers who arrive on boats across the English Channel.
Mr. Lineker, a former captain of England’s national soccer team and the top goal scorer at the 1986 World Cup, ignited a firestorm on the political right after he suggested on Tuesday that the British home secretary, Suella Braverman, was using language reminiscent of Nazi Germany to promote the plan.
After several days of debate played out on social media, in the pages of British newspapers and in the halls of Parliament, the BBC said on Friday that Mr. Lineker’s social media activity was “a breach of our guidelines,” and that he had been suspended from hosting “Match of the Day,” a mainstay of the BBC’s schedule since 1964.
“The BBC has decided that he will step back from presenting ‘Match of the Day’ until we’ve got an agreed and clear position on his use of social media,” the British Broadcasting Corporation said in a statement.
“When it comes to leading our football and sports coverage, Gary is second to none,” the statement said. “We have never said that Gary should be an opinion-free zone, or that he can’t have a view on issues that matter to him, but we have said that he should keep well away from taking sides on party political issues or political controversies.”
Soon after the BBC issued the statement, two others who host “Match of the Day” with Mr. Lineker, Ian Wright and Alan Shearer, said that they would not appear on the show on Saturday.
Mr. Shearer wrote, “I have informed the BBC that I won’t be appearing on MOTD tomorrow night.”
The BBC reported that the program would still be broadcast on Saturday, without hosts. Saturday’s “Match of the Day” will “focus on match action without studio presentation or punditry,” a BBC spokesman was quoted as saying by the BBC.
The program, which features highlights from Saturday’s Premier League games, usually draws millions of viewers, according to the BBC.