Gary Lineker defies BBC bosses and ‘refuses’ to delete Nazi tweet

Suella Braverman quizzed on Gary Lineker’s comments

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Defiant Gary Lineker is reportedly refusing to delete his tweet comparing the Government’s migrant crackdown to Nazi Germany. The BBC has said it will have a “frank conversation” with the Match of the Day host over the post, which has sparked calls for the broadcaster to sack him.

But the i reported that Mr Lineker will not remove the controversial tweet.

The newspaper cited BBC insiders as saying the ex-England footballer has not yet spoken to bosses at the corporation and is not responding to calls.

The BBC presenter yesterday commented on a Twitter video put out by Home Secretary Suella Braverman on new laws to tackle small boats crossing the Channel.

He told his 8.6 million followers: “Good heavens, this is beyond awful.”

In a reply to another Twitter user who accused him of being “out of order”, the former England striker added: “There is no huge influx. We take far fewer refugees than other major European countries.

“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?”

Despite the storm, Mr Lineker took to Twitter to share three posts in the space of an hour this morning vowing to continue speaking out.

In his first tweet, he said: “Morning all. Anything going on?”

He followed up with another post saying the “freedom of speech champions” were “demanding silence from those with whom they disagree”.

In a third post, Mr Lineker added: “I have never known such love and support in my life than I’m getting this morning (England World Cup goals aside, possibly). I want to thank each and every one of you. It means a lot. I’ll continue to try and speak up for those poor souls that have no voice. Cheers all.”

The BBC has been contacted for comment.

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