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Gary Lineker: Football pundit fired from BBC after political tweet

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As an expert, Gary Lineker often gets to the heart of football issues. Now the former goalscorer is in trouble because of a political statement.

Because of the dispute over a tweet by Gary Lineker on British migration policy, the ex-star striker will no longer appear as a football presenter on the BBC for the time being. The 62-year-old is leaving his job until he has reached an agreement with the public broadcaster about his use of social media, the BBC said on Friday.

Lineker’s recent comments on Twitter are “a violation of our policies.” The broadcaster urged the former England international to “refrain from taking sides on partisan issues or political controversies”. Co-host Ian Wright, also an ex-footballer, announced he would also be off screen over the weekend in solidarity with Lineker.

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