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[Football] Gary Lineker to step back from presenting MOTD



Titanic

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Jul 5, 2003
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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".
 




Stato

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Dec 21, 2011
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Good on Lineker for not being cowed. Good on Ian Wright for sticking by him. Annoyingly, though I'd find MotD less annoying without Lineker's bad jokes and golf club joshing, I won't be watching it all the time the BBC bans him from doing his job because of his political opinions on a matter that is completely unrelated to his job.

Gary Lineker presents football. He doesn't present politics. Football fans would be more troubled about his lack of impartiatlity over Leicester matches than they would be over his politics. Banning him for this is the equivalent of banning a news presenter for going on twitter to say that they hope Arsenal win the league.

The BBC's management has been transparently captured by the idiotic culture warriors that are in charge of this country.
 








Sorrel

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Jul 5, 2003
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Not a sensible decision: but I admit I don't know what is in his contract. If my employer tells me I can't do certain things (and most do) then I don't do those things. But no idea if that is the case here.
 








Thunder Bolt

Silly old bat
Nothing against Gary Lineker expressing disapproval of the Government's policy - that's absolutely fair enough - but as we're not, AFAIK, rounding up Jews, black people, brown people, homosexuals, mentally ill patients, communists, etc. and shoving them into gas chambers or forced labour death camps, and we have no plans to invade neighbouring countries (again AFAIK) his remark comparing the Government to Nazi Germany was fatuous.
Well, whatever - he's been doing MOTD for ages, and he is one of, if not the most highly paid person at the BBC, so this seems as good an excuse as any to save a load of money on his wages, and freshen up the programme with an equally convivial and competent - but much less expensive - presenter.
You have believed the propaganda. He did not compare the government to Nazi Germany. All the hype is coming from his critics.

 








Neville's Breakfast

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May 1, 2016
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He was happy to sign a contract making him the highest paid presenter at the BBC but unhappy with the terms and conditions. Tough really. It would be good if the BBC could get rid of Lineker, Shearer and Wright and just show more highlights. They aren’t a patch on Carragher, Carney and Neville anyway.
 


Thunder Bolt

Silly old bat
Not a sensible decision: but I admit I don't know what is in his contract. If my employer tells me I can't do certain things (and most do) then I don't do those things. But no idea if that is the case here.
It doesn't seem to apply to other presenters like Alan Sugar or David Attenborough.

Fiona Bruce even excused Stanley Johnson's GBH last night on Question Time.
 




Thunder Bolt

Silly old bat
He was happy to sign a contract making him the highest paid presenter at the BBC but unhappy with the terms and conditions. Tough really. It would be good if the BBC could just get rid of Lineker, Shearer and Wright and just show more highlights. They aren’t a patch on Carragher, Carney and Neville anyway.
Where does it say his terms and conditions or are you jumping to conclusions again?
Btw Ian Wright has stood back in solidarity, and the number of high profile journalists, presenters with blue ticks back Lineker is brilliant, Dara O'Briain, Jeff Stelling, Dr Amir Khan, Ben Foster etc etc

This is what we'll get.
 








The Clamp

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Jan 11, 2016
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Where does it matter who, where and when someone calls out racism, totalitarianism or deliberate disregard of human rights?
The important thing is that people are publicly calling it out.
It’s vital. All of us should be thanking him. All of us.
 


Justice

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Jun 21, 2012
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Born In Shoreham
The BBC attempt to tax you and then use bully boy tactics if you don’t want to pay into their regime. Is anyone really surprised about this?
I don’t participate and still surprised others don’t kick up more of a fuss.
 




GT49er

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You have believed the propaganda. He did not compare the government to Nazi Germany. All the hype is coming from his critics.
From the BBC - "compared the language used by the government to set out its plan to "that used by Germany in the 30s". Splitting hairs really.:shrug:
 






rogersix

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Jan 18, 2014
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Nothing against Gary Lineker expressing disapproval of the Government's policy - that's absolutely fair enough - but as we're not, AFAIK, rounding up Jews, black people, brown people, homosexuals, mentally ill patients, communists, etc. and shoving them into gas chambers or forced labour death camps, and we have no plans to invade neighbouring countries (again AFAIK) his remark comparing the Government to Nazi Germany was fatuous.
Well, whatever - he's been doing MOTD for ages, and he is one of, if not the most highly paid person at the BBC, so this seems as good an excuse as any to save a load of money on his wages, and freshen up the programme with an equally convivial and competent - but much less expensive - presenter.
i thought he actually said that the language used in the discussion was akin to 30's germany, quite different from your understanding, but i could easily be wrong
 


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