Gary Lineker ‘won’t face disciplinary action from BBC’ after political tweet

Gary Lineker will not face disciplinary action from the BBC following his controversial tweet, according to reports.

On Tuesday, Gary, 62, commented on a Twitter video put out by Home Secretary Suella Braverman, in which she unveiled government plans to stop migrant boats crossing the Channel and said the UK is being "overwhelmed".

As he re-shared the video, the Match of the Day host wrote: "Good heavens, this is beyond awful."

In a later tweet, Gary added: "There is no huge influx. We take 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 not dissimilar to that used by Germany in the ’30s."

The tweet has divided public opinion – but received more than 56,700 likes and more than 56,700 retweets.

After saying they're taking the matter “seriously” and expecting to have a “frank conversation” with Gary, it has now been revealed that the BBC won't be taking disciplinary action against the presenter.

A source told The Sun: "We have spoken to Gary and he won't face any disciplinary action.

"From our perspective the situations has been resolved now and we want him to get back to what he's best at, which is being a brilliant sports presenter."

OK! has contacted the BBC for comment.

On Thursday, Gary thanked his followers for the support he had received.

He tweeted: “Well, it’s been an interesting couple of days. Happy that this ridiculously out of proportion story seems to be abating and very much looking forward to presenting @bbcmotd on Saturday.

“Thanks again for all your incredible support. It’s been overwhelming.”

Tuesday's tweets from the Match Of The Day host were widely condemned by Tory politicians who urged the BBC to take action.

Speaking on the BBC’s Political Thinking podcast, Home Secretary Suella Braverman said “flippant analogies” about her asylum policy “diminish the unspeakable tragedy” of the Holocaust.

She added: “I think it is, from a personal point of view.. to hear that characterisation is offensive because, as you said, my husband is Jewish, my children are therefore directly descendant from people who were murdered in gas chambers during the Holocaust.

“And my husband’s family is very… feels very keenly the impact of the Holocaust actually.”

Criticism also came from Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer, who told the Commons it is important for the BBC to maintain impartiality if it is to “retain the trust of the public who pay the licence fee”.

Gregory Campbell, DUP MP for East Londonderry, called for “lefty Lineker” to face a salary reduction.

Tory party deputy chairman Lee Anderson also wrote on Twitter: “This is just another example of how out of touch these overpaid stars are with the voting public.

“Instead of lecturing, Mr Lineker should stick to reading out the football scores and flogging crisps.”

However, support has come from media figures including Piers Morgan and Sky News commentator Adam Boulton, who said he thought Gary was “entitled to say what he likes” on Twitter because he is not a political reporter.


  • Click here for today's top showbiz news

  • Charlotte Church recalls moment a then-28 year old Chris Moyles offered to take her virginity at 16

  • Inside Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's daughter Lilibet's christening — from celeb guests and Archie's dancing to brand new royal title

  • Pat Sharpe breaks silence as he's axed from radio show after 'appalling' joke

  • For the latest showbiz exclusives, sign up to our daily OK! newsletter

Source: Read Full Article