Gary Lineker shares images from the BBC studio as he returns to cover football

Gary Lineker shared a photo of himself in the BBC studio before returning to report live the FA Cup quarter-final between Manchester City and Burnley.

The 62-year-old broadcaster was suspended by the company last week for a tweet comparing the language used to launch the Government’s new policy on asylum seekers to 1930s Germany in a row. about fairness.

On Saturday, the 62-year-old broadcaster posted a picture of himself at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester and told his Twitter followers: “Oh, what a joy to be allowed to stick with football”.

He then posted another photo with former English footballers turned pundits Alan Shearer and Micah Richards calling them “teammates” as they prepared to release their analysis of the match online.

Ahead of his first appearance on the BBC since he was asked to step back from hosting Match Of The Day (MOTD) last week, he told LaLiga Sports TV on Friday that things were “really quiet” silence” before adding that he was “still here, still punching”.

The former England striker also said: “Everything is completely out of proportion, but we are fine. It’s solved, I’m relieved.


Gary Lineker to present BBC football coverage on Saturday (Ian Walton/PA)

Later tonight, Mark Chapman will host MOTD’s highlight.

Many of Lineker’s BBC Sport colleagues died in “solidarity” last weekend, with program highlights significantly shorter than usual and airing without presentation or commentary.

MOTD only aired for 20 minutes last Saturday with no commentary or accompanying analysis from the presenters, with the Sunday version following the same format and running for only 15 minutes.

BBC director general Tim Davie said in a statement that the consortium had conducted an independent review of its social media guidelines, particularly for freelancers.

Mr Davie apologized for what he acknowledged was “a difficult period for our staff, contributors, presenters and most importantly, our audience” and described the BBC’s commitment to the rights freedom of speech and fairness is a “difficult balancing act”.


BBC Director General Tim Davie (Peter Byrne/PA)

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He added: “The potential confusion caused by gray areas in the BBC’s social media guidelines introduced in 2020. I wanted to address the issue and our sports content. broadcast again.”

After the BBC’s official statement was published, Lineker tweeted that he was “delighted” to have made it through the line after a “bizarre few days”.

He added: “I have been presenting sport on the BBC for almost three decades and am incredibly proud to be working with the best and fairest broadcaster in the world. I can’t wait to return to the MOTD chair on Saturday.” Gary Lineker shares images from the BBC studio as he returns to cover football

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