Gary Lineker to discover Match of the Day fate TODAY after breaking BBC impartiality rules | The Sun

Gary Lineker to discover Match of the Day fate TODAY after breaking BBC impartiality rules | The Sun

GARY Lineker will discover his fate today following an impartiality row at the BBC over his inflammatory migrant tweets.

Crunch talks are being held after a weekend of chaos saw schedules changed last-minute and a different format for Match of the Day.

The Sun revealed today how Lineker, 62, is set to host the BBC's FA Cup coverage this weekend.

A statement is expected to be released today confirming the next steps.

It is believed Lineker will agree to be more careful about what he tweets in the future, while the BBC will likely review its social media guidelines.

But his potential return could spark a new row between the broadcaster and Tory party if ex-Leicester star Lineker fails to apologise.

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The mayhem erupted after Lineker criticised Home Secretary Suella Braverman's small boats plan.

The legislation will see migrants swiftly detained and removed to either their country of origin or a safe third state within 28 days.

Sharing the clip, Lineker said: "Good heavens, this is beyond awful."

Responding to another user who described him as "out of order", he added: "We take far fewer refugees than other major European countries.

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"This is just an immeasurably cruel policy directed at the most vulnerable people in language that is not dissimilar to that used by Germany in the 30s, and I'm out of order?"

Lineker was accused by the BBC of breaking their strict impartiality rules that state staff must "avoid taking sides on political controversies" and "take care when addressing public policy matters".

The BBC said the pundit's comments were a "breach of our guidelines".

Ms Braverman later said his comments were "offensive".

She added: "To kind of throw out those kind of flippant analogies diminishes the unspeakable tragedy that millions of people went through…

"And I don’t think anything that is happening in the UK today can come close to what happened in the Holocaust."

The broadcaster revealed on Friday he had been suspended and would not host Saturday's Match of the Day – sparking a mutiny among his co-stars.

Ian Wright, Alan Shearer, Jermaine Jenas, Alex Scott, Mark Chapman and Micah Richards refused to fill in, plunging the football analysis show into crisis.

Saturday's night show then aired with a stripped-back, 20 minute version that did not even feature the iconic theme tune.

Football Focus, Final Score, the Fighting Talk podcast and 5Live's 606 football phone in were all canned as schedules were sent spiralling.

And last night's Match Of The Day 2 ran for just 14 minutes, again with no commentary or presenters.

Director General Tim Davie told the BBC on Saturday he would "absolutely not" quit amid the fallout.

Asked if he was sorry about the way he handled the row, he added: "We made decisions and I made decisions based on a real passion about what the BBC is and it's difficult."

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak waded into the row on Saturday, saying the Lineker's suspension is "rightly a matter" for the BBC, not him or Government.

He added that while he respected "not everyone will always agree" with Government policies, he praised the pundit for being a "great footballer and talented presenter".

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