Gary Lineker confirms BBC Match of the Day decision after Nazi comment backlash
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Gary Lineker has confirmed that he will host Match of the Day this Saturday night despite the controversy surrounding his social media comments.
The former England striker was criticised this week after comparing the government's new illegal immigration policy to Nazi Germany, with the BBC reportedly planning to speak to the Match of the Day host regarding his comments. Lineker has now confirmed that he will be at the helm for Saturday's broadcast of the weekly Premier League highlights show.
In a tweet shared on Thursday, he wrote: "Well, it’s been an interesting couple of days.
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"Happy that this ridiculously out of proportion story seems to be abating and very much looking forward to presenting @BBCMOTD on Saturday. Thanks again for all your incredible support. It’s been overwhelming."
Lineker had caused controversy after responding to Home Secretary Suella Braverman’s announcement that the government would be halting all migrant boats crossing the English Channel.
The retired footballer had written: “Good heavens, this is beyond awful.” He later 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?"
His comments resulted in talks with the BBC over his social media behaviour, however, Lineker will reportedly not face any disciplinary action for his tweet.
A source told The Sun: "We have spoken to Gary and he won't face any disciplinary action. From our perspective the situations has been resolved now and we want him to get back to what he's best at, which is being a brilliant sports presenter."
Lineker is no stranger to speaking his mind on his social media accounts, but many had deemed he crossed the line with his latest post about the government.
Downing Street responded to his remarks by describing them as "not acceptable" and "disappointing", with others calling for him to be sacked by the BBC.
The beloved presenter and former player now appears set to remain as the frontman for the BBC's football coverage, though, following his talks with the broadcaster.
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