In today’s world, staying up-to-date with the latest news is a necessity. One of the most popular sources of news is the BBC’s flagship football show, Match of the Day. Recently, there was quite a stir when Gary Lineker, one of the presenters of the show, was taken off the air due to a tweet he made comparing the language used to launch a new asylum seeker policy by the government to that used in 1930s Germany.
However, Lineker has made his highly-anticipated return to the show, with fellow former England footballer Alan Shearer and pundit Micah Richards in the studio alongside him. At the start of the commentary, Shearer apologized on behalf of the show for the disruption caused to viewers last week, due to Lineker’s absence.
He said that it was a really difficult situation for everyone concerned and that some really great people in TV and radio were put in an impossible situation – which was not fair. Lineker also added that he absolutely echoes those sentiments.
The show’s coverage of the FA Cup quarter-final between Manchester City and Burnley at the Etihad Stadium was resumed with Lineker fully back in the driving seat. Before coming on air, Lineker posted a photo of himself at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester and told his Twitter followers that he was pleased to be covering the football game.
The BBC faced a lot of criticism over Lineker’s removal from the show, with many of his colleagues walking out in solidarity. The channel had broadcast the highlight shows significantly shorter than the usual schedules and aired them without commentary or analysis from presenters. But after performing a U-turn, the BBC apologized to Lineker, promising to review its social media guidelines.
The BBC director-general, Tim Davie, released a statement saying that the corporation had commissioned an independent review of its social media guidelines, specifically for freelancers. He also expressed his apologies for the difficult period that staff, presenters, and audiences had gone through and stated that the BBC’s commitment to freedom of expression and impartiality is a difficult balancing act.
Lineker was in high spirits as he made his return to Match of the Day and tweeted his delight at having navigated a way through the controversy after a surreal few days. He added that he has been presenting sport on the BBC for almost three decades and is immeasurably proud to work with the best and fairest broadcaster in the world. He cannot wait to get back in the MOTD chair again and is looking forward to the game ahead.
In conclusion, Gary Lineker’s return to Match of the Day was long-awaited and eagerly anticipated by viewers worldwide. The show’s content is invaluable to football fans, and Lineker’s expertise and knowledge have been sorely missed. We are thrilled that he is back and cannot wait to see more of him on our screens soon.#Gary #Lineker #BBC #comeback #cover #Manchester #City #Burnley