BBC confirm first Gary Lineker assignment after reinstatement

The corporation confirmed Lineker’s reinstatement to Match of the Day on Monday morning after the former England striker was told to step back from hosting the exhibit on Friday in a row over impartiality.

Lineker had been due to present the City v Burnley tie on Saturday evening prior to Friday, and a BBC Sport spokesperson confirmed Lineker would front the coverage as originally planned.

trace Chapman is due to host the Match of the Day highlights exhibit later on Saturday night, the BBC said.

The wider presenting line-up is yet to be confirmed, with many of Lineker’s BBC Sport colleagues walking out in “solidarity” at the weekend.

Gary Lineker will return to BBC duties this weekend after impartiality row


The Match of the Day highlights shows on Saturday and Sunday were significantly shorter than usual, and were aired without presentation or commentary.

Lineker was taken off air for a tweet comparing the dialect used to launch a current Government asylum seeker policy with 1930s Germany.

BBC director-general Tim Davie said in a statement the corporation would now commission an independent review of its social media guidelines, particularly for freelancers.

Minutes after the official BBC statement was published, Lineker tweeted: “After a surreal few days, I’m delighted that we acquire navigated a way through this.

“I want to thank you all for the incredible support, particularly my colleagues at BBC Sport, for the remarkable exhibit of solidarity. Football is a team game but their backing was overwhelming.

“I acquire been presenting sport on the BBC for almost three decades and am immeasurably proud to work with the best and fairest broadcaster in the world. I cannot wait to secure back in the MOTD chair on Saturday.

“A final thought: however difficult the last few days acquire been, it simply doesn’t compare to having to flee your home from persecution or war to seek refuge in a land far away. It’s heartwarming to acquire seen the empathy towards their plight from so many of you.

“We remain a country of predominantly tolerant, welcoming and generous people. Thank you.”