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Tuesday 21 March 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# Gary Lineker

This week
19th March 2023 - 21st March 2023
# Out of Action
Lineker absent from FA Cup coverage after losing his voice on BBC return
The former England striker was restored to his presenting role for live coverage of Manchester City’s 6-0 thrashing of Burnley on Saturday.
Last week
12th March 2023 - 18th March 2023
# Gary Lineker
Gary Lineker returns to present BBC’s FA Cup coverage after impartiality row
The football pundit was told to step back from hosting Match Of The Day following a row over impartiality.
# Tweet controversy
Lineker thought he had ‘special agreement’ with BBC director-general over tweets, agent says
Jon Holmes, who represents the Match Of The Day Host, has offered an insight into the recent impartiality row.
# accusations
Gary Lineker hits back at ‘outrageous and dangerously provocative’ comments made by Tory MP
The Match Of The Day host described accusations that he called northern English voters ‘racist bigots’ as ‘outrageous’.
# Lined Up
Pressure grows for BBC chairman to resign following Gary Lineker impartiality row
Lineker confirmed this morning that he will return to Match of the Day, saying he was “delighted that we have navigated a way through this”.
# Lined Up
Gary Lineker to return to Match of the Day as BBC announces social media policy review
The presenter said that he is ‘delighted’ that he and the BBC have been able to ‘navigate’ a way through their differences.
# Controversy
BBC urged to get a ‘grip’ as Match of the Day 2 set to air without presenters
Sunday’s Women’s Super League coverage featured a reduced format.
# GaryGate
BBC director-general apologises for 'disruption', but does not resign over Gary Lineker row
‘I’s been a difficult day and I’m sorry that audiences have been affected,’ said director-general Tim Davie.
This month
March 2023
Match Of The Day cut to 20 minutes as presenters row in behind Gary Lineker in tweets row
Alex Scott will not be hosting Football Focus as it ‘doesn’t feel right’, while Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said he doesn’t understand the BBC’s decision,
# Under fire
Match of the Day cut to 20 minutes, Football Focus and Final Score pulled after day of BBC chaos
A host of presenters have withdrawn their services after Gary Lineker was told to step back from hosting Match Of The Day.
# Tweet controversy
Match of the Day to go ahead 'without studio presentation or punditry' after BBC stand Lineker down
The show’s commentators have also said they will not participate in the broadcast.
# UK
Match of the Day to go ahead 'without studio presentation or punditry' after BBC stand Lineker down
The show’s commentators have also said they will not participate in the broadcast.
# Gary Lineker
DUP MP calls out ‘lefty Lineker’ as the MOTD presenter stands by criticism of UK government
DUP MP Gregory Campbell called for ‘lefty Lineker’ to face a salary reduction after he criticised the UK Government’s immigration policy.
# UK Home Office
Gary Lineker vows to 'speak up for those with no voice' after slamming UK migrant boats plan
The Match of the Day host said Home Secretary Suella Braverman’s plans were “beyond awful”.
Last year
# Coming Home
‘England could go all the way’ – Gary Lineker optimistic ahead of World Cup
The former England striker believes Gareth Southgate’s team can be a contender for glory in Qatar.
# Liberation
Gary Lineker hopes gay footballer comes out during Qatar World Cup
The former England striker believes this act would send a strong message to the host nation.
# good reads
Why Gary Lineker was right to speak out about receiving racist abuse and more of the week's best sportswriting
Plus, a tribute to the late Liam Cahill.
All time
# Tune in
Gary Lineker joins La Liga TV ahead of new season
The new season begins in Spain on Friday 13 August.
# Time to say goodbye
Lineker to step down from BT Sport role and follow Leicester around Europe with sons
The former England captain has presented the channel’s Champions League coverage for six years.
# Concern
'I don’t see how any footballer wouldn’t be worried': Gary Lineker wants brain tested for signs of dementia
The 60-year-old says he has spoken to Match of the Day colleagues Alan Shearer and Ian Wright about the issue.
# Head on
Football must ‘seriously consider role of heading’, says PFA chief Gordon Taylor
Banning heading in training has been proposed by former England striker Gary Lineker.
# Match of the Day
Gary Lineker takes 23% wage cut to remain as MOTD host for five more years
The 59-year-old first presented Match of the Day back in 1999.
# precaution
Gary Lineker self-isolating after son displays coronavirus symptoms
The former England captain’s son George has shown signs of Covid-19.
# On the box
TV Wrap: BBC struggle to liven up another boring Manchester City triumph
Gary Lineker would have been better off saying ‘another win for the bloodless and efficient use of capital’ and cutting straight to the Eurovision.
'Thank you for all you did for our football club' - Gary Lineker pays tribute to 'quiet, unassuming' Srivaddhanaprabha
The ex-England and Leicester great has paid a heartfelt tribute to the Foxes owner after his tragic death on Saturday night
# Twittersphere
Gary Lineker's apology to James Milner and more tweets of the week
Plus, Rafa Benitez’s tribute to a retiring ex-Liverpool defender.
# Claim
N'Golo Kante 'has been the best player at the World Cup'
The 27-year-old may not push himself into the spotlight, but the ex-Barcelona striker thinks he could be decisive in the biggest game of all
# Claim
Gary Lineker says England should 'write off' World Cup
England head to Russia next month hoping to improve on a dismal 2014 campaign.
# line-ups
BBC announce World Cup pundits in 'WhatsApp group' video, Keane and O'Neill part of ITV's team
Former Ireland international Kevin Kilbane will also be working for the Beeb in Russia.
# bang out of order
'His behaviour has been out of order' - Lineker criticises Buffon's comments after red card
Former England striker Gary Lineker has called on Gianluigi Buffon to “defuse” the situation surrounding comments he made about referee Michael Oliver.
# Milestone
Ex-Ireland underage midfielder becomes first Englishman to play for Barcelona since Lineker
Marcus McGuane made his senior bow for the Catalan giants last night.
# Three Lions
Lineker backs Kante and Mbappe-led France to challenge at World Cup and rules out England
The former Three Lions star believes the competition in Russia comes too soon for a blossoming England team as he picked his three favourites.
# Pot Luck
Russia faces a number of issues as it gears up for tomorrow's World Cup draw
The potential threats of hooligans and terrorism still hang over the host nation of the 2018 finals.
# Sour Karim and Onion
Lineker and Benzema trade barbs as Madrid striker accuses presenter of 'spreading hatred'
Lineker suggested Benzema was ‘a tad overrated’ during Madrid’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham a fortnight ago.
# response
Zidane fires back at Lineker over his 'embarrassing' Benzema jibe
The former Barca striker had labelled Benzema overrated after his display against Tottenham, but Zizou mounted a strong defence of his charge
# Looking Back
Revealed: How Man United missed out on Gascoigne, Shearer, Zidane and Lineker
Alex Ferguson oversaw a remarkable era of success at Old Trafford, but he might have achieved even more had these stars not slipped the transfer net.
# Salt and Lineker
11 times Gary Lineker produced the best one-liners on Twitter
Nice crisp delivery.
# out of the bag
A selfie competition by Walker's Crisps got hijacked by people sending in pictures of serial killers
How did they not see this coming?
# out of the bag
A selfie competition with Gary Lineker got hijacked by people sending in pictures of serial killers
How did they not see this coming?
# Comeback King
A complete collection of Gary Lineker's tweets destroying Piers Morgan
Walkers flavour: salty.