LONDON, ENGLAND: During his Friday, March 10, 2023 DJ set, Fatboy Slim backed Gary Lineker amid the ‘match of the day’ controversy. The BBC has ruled that Lineker, 62, breached impartiality standards with his ‘Nazi’ joke tweet, comparing the Home Office’s immigration policy to Germany in the 1930s, and he didn’t. will no longer host the country’s premier football broadcast. The former England striker has been told by BBC executives that he must either quit his politicized posts or leave the organization altogether.
During Fatboy Slim’s performance at the O2 Victoria Warehouse in Manchester, Linekar’s face could be seen as part of the visual effects of the stage. Fatboy Slim, whose real name is Norman Cook, posted the footage to his Twitter account after someone in the audience captured it. “Enough respect #ImWithGary @GaryLineker,” he captioned the video, Daily Mail reports.
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Gary Lineker’s “Match of The Day” controversy
‘Match of the Day’ host Gary Lineker, 62, shared online a video of Ms Braverman revealing details of her new illegal immigration bill with the comment: “My God this is beyond awful.” He called the moves to tackle the immigration problem “immeasurably cruel” on his Twitter account of 8.6 million followers. The “Match of The Day” host was forced to “step back” from the network’s first sports show after he compared immigration policy to Nazi Germany.
The former England footballer, who had previously been criticized for making other anti-Conservative remarks, hit back in response to a netizen who accused him of being “broken”. “There is no mass influx. We are taking in 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 no different of the one used by Germany in the 1930s, and I’m out of commission?” he said.
There is no massive influx. We welcome far fewer refugees than other major European countries. This is just an immeasurably cruel policy directed at the most vulnerable people in language no different from that used by Germany in the 1930s, and I’m out of order?
— Gary Lineker 💙💛 (@GaryLineker) March 7, 2023
It’s sensational. Not an ounce of irony. Pretty brilliant. 👏🏻👏🏻 https://t.co/27PHZ6nr9u
— Gary Lineker 💙💛 (@GaryLineker) February 28, 2023
See, we’re getting Brexit done…again. 👊🏻
— Gary Lineker 💙💛 (@GaryLineker) February 27, 2023
She was a child. Handled and cared for. It looks very bad. https://t.co/6et1q6ikl6
— Gary Lineker 💙💛 (@GaryLineker) February 22, 2023
The football world was outraged after Lineker’s withdrawal from the show. According to reports, Mark Chapman canceled his participation in the concert due to the argument.
The weekend show was later canceled in a show of support for Lineker from its co-hosts Ian Wright and Alan Shearer. In a show of support for Lineker, several pundits, including Jermaine Jenas, Alex Scott and Micah Richards, also said they would not participate. The presenters’ revolt has been called a “real BBC crisis” by one well-placed insider. Also, it was revealed that after Saturday’s matches, no interviews with football players or managers will be conducted during ‘Match Of The Day’, according to the Daily Mail.
The BBC said it was unable to fill the open seat with a presenter, and as it lacks prominent commentators it may have to rely on the Premier League’s World Food Service. Steve Wilson, a regular “Match of the Day” pundit, said he and other pundits have pledged not to appear on the upcoming show. He said: “As commentators on MOTD, we have decided to withdraw from [Saturday] night show. We are reassured that football fans who wish to watch their teams can still do so as management can use World Feed commentary if they wish.”
🚨| Match of the day commentator Steve Wilson on Twitter:
“As commentators on MOTD, we have decided to step back from tomorrow night’s show. We are reassured that football fans who want to watch their teams can still do so…”
(@Wilsonfooty) ✍️ pic.twitter.com/9eezGI3gzl
— Sociaball (@SociaballTweets) March 10, 2023
According to a source close to ‘Match of the Day’, the production team are “even considering marching in support of Gary Lineker and have contacted their union”, according to MailOnline. They hesitated to move forward. As there was “no ballot, they will not be protected by law”.
The BBC plunges into crisis
The BBC has already considered canceling the Saturday night show altogether. However, the full termination would have breached their £70m-a-year Premier League contract. In an effort to ensure the show could be broadcast, BBC sports director Barbara Slater, TV sports manager Philip Bernard and MOTD editor Richard Hughes spent crisis negotiations with the production team.
After comparing the language used to announce a new crackdown on migrants traveling across the English Channel in small boats to Germany in the 1930s, Lineker, the BBC’s highest-paid celebrity, sparked huge political controversy this week. Former BBC executive Richard Sambrook says there is ‘a lot of confusion’ over whether Lineker and other independent broadcasters, who do not work in news, should be held to the same standards of impartiality than permanent employees.
The internet was divided over the BBC’s decision to remove Gary from ‘MOTD’, with users voicing their separate opinions. One social media user said: “Awesome, just pure football then!” Another said, “Rack them all.” It’s time to change your look. Another wrote: “None of them will be missed. Many ex-footballers. Most will be better.”
Great, just pure football then!
— VCBLP (@Vickinumber10) March 11, 2023
Plunder them all. Time for a new look
— Robert (@RobertGeneve) March 11, 2023
None of them will be missed. many former footballers. Most will be better
— TuppyT (@tuppyt2021) March 11, 2023
Another group of netizens supported Gary’s freedom of speech as one wrote: “Democracy matters! What happened to freedom of expression? Famous or not, everyone has the right to express themselves. Another said, “Good for them #standwithlineker.” “So no diversity on the BBC. All lefties woke up,” wrote another.
Democracy matters! What happened to freedom of expression? Famous or not, everyone has the right to express themselves. Well done I say 👏🏻
— Louise.R.Conlon (@Louise24848104) March 11, 2023
Good for them #standwithlineker
— Shanesmouth (@shanesmouth) March 11, 2023
So no diversity on the BBC. All lefties woke up
— Twitarian (@Twitarian2) March 11, 2023
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