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[Football] Gary Lineker to step back from presenting MOTD



Titanic

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Gary Lineker is to step back from presenting Match of the Day until an agreement is reached on his social media use - BBC statement.
It follows an impartiality row over comments he made criticising the government's new asylum policy.
In a tweet, the presenter had compared the language used by the government to set out its plan to "that used by Germany in the 30s".
 

Titanic

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stss30

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I'm not really fussed from a presenting standpoint as imo Mark Chapman is better and much more knowledgeable, however I do find it worrying/laughable how much coverage has been given to a football presenter stating his opinion on Twitter.
 


Stat Brother

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Alec Scott for MotD no doubt.
Hahahaha a lady with chesticles and legs and everything - on a football programme.


Oh bless you and your gammon-free innocence.
 

DJ NOBO

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Jul 18, 2004
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Get rid of him.
Regardless of his politicising he’s too expensive for a publically-funded organisation.
People watch motd for the football not the presenters.
The bbc could put an autocue infront of any number of talented presenters, who would do the job and cost a lot less.
 

METALMICKY

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I'm not really fussed from a presenting standpoint as imo Mark Chapman is better and much more knowledgeable, however I do find it worrying/laughable how much coverage has been given to someone giving his opinion on Twitter.
Very much this. Who really hangs upon the word of jug ears on any current news item?
 


Seaview Seagull

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This is shameful. Is free speech only for right wing people now? In what universe is a sports commentator's view anything to do with BBC news impartiality? It's all right though for the chairman of the BBC to be a dyed in the wool Tory though? I begin to believe that the Tories want to shut down other opinions to save themselves from defeat.
 


The Grockle

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Sep 26, 2008
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I'm very much on the fence on this. Part of me thinks it's another example of over sensitivity but he must appreciate he's one of the most well know public figures employed at the bbc. He should probably realise different rules apply to him with regards to voicing an opinion
 

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