Gary Lineker live: BBC says he will step down from MOTD 'temporarily'

Gary Lineker row live: BBC reveals presenter will step down from MOTD role ‘temporarily’ amid backlash over his ‘Nazi’ asylum policy tweet

  • Lineker is told to step back from Match of the Day ‘temporarily’ by the BBC
  • Follow all of the MailOnline’s coverage of the social media row by clicking here

This is MailOnline’s live blog following the Gary Lineker row – as the BBC revealed the presenter has been told to ‘temporarily’ step down from Match of the Day amid his controversial social media posts. 

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Former Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville, who commentates for Sky Sports, also tweeted about the Lineker saga.

He said: ‘When you take on the Tories and the system! Awful people who we need gone. Off for a (wine glass emoji).’

Former BBC  journalist Jon Sopel added: ‘Lucky there are no producer guidelines on whether you need to declare facilitating an £800k loan to a prime minister while applying for a job as chairman of a broadcasting organisation…’

Presenter Richard Osman told his followers on Twitter that Gary Lineker stepping back from presenting Match Of The Day until he and the BBC have reached an ‘agreed and clear position’ on his use of social media ‘is pathetic for so many reasons’.

This is pathetic for so many reasons.

BBC takes Gary Lineker OFF AIR: Presenter will step down from Match of the Day ‘temporarily’

Gary Lineker will not present Match of the Day this weekend after the BBC decided his tweet comparing the Government’s migration plans to Nazi Germany breached impartiality rules. 

Lineker will ‘step back’ from presenting the popular football show, pending further discussions between the star and BBC bosses about his use of social media, the corporation said. 

The Match of the Day host accused ministers of using ‘language that is not dissimilar to that used by Germany in the 1930s’. 

The spokesperson said: ‘The BBC has been in extensive discussions with Gary and his team in recent days. We have said that we consider his recent social media activity to be a breach of our guidelines.

Good evening all. Tom Cotterill here. Welcome to MailOnline’s liveblog following all the developments of the social media row triggered by Gary Lineker. 

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