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Lineker dispute: BBC coverage also restricted on Sunday

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The dispute over a tweet by Gary Lineker also severely restricted the BBC’s football coverage on Sunday. The BBC chief executive wants to bring the ex-striker and pundit back quickly.

Football coverage on the BBC was also severely restricted on Sunday as a result of the dispute over the suspension of former star striker and TV presenter Gary Lineker.

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A Women’s Super League match between Chelsea FC and Manchester United was broadcast without its own BBC commentary. The program “Match of the Day 2” should, like the day before, do without moderation, TV experts or player interviews. Lineker was suspended from the BBC on Friday for a tweet critical of the government. Several football experts, including ex-football pros Ian Wright and Alan Shearer, as well as numerous BBC employees then expressed their solidarity with Lineker and boycotted the reporting.

Lineker had accused the British government on Twitter of using language in connection with refugees that resembled Nazi rhetoric from the 1930s. The BBC saw this as violating its policy on political neutrality. Lineker declined to comment on the matter Sunday. His son told the Daily Mirror his father was ready to host Match of the Day again, but he would “never give in.”

BBC boss Tim Davie had previously said he wanted Lineker back on the air. However, he had not indicated that he would give in to the dispute either.

Source: Stern

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