BBC sport coverage in disarray over Gary Lineker free speech row

The BBC’s sports service was plunged into chaos on Saturday as commentators refused to work in support of presenter Gary Lineker, who was suspended after he criticised the government’s new migration policy. The 62-year-old compared the language used to launch the new policy to that of Nazi-era Germany on Twitter, which the BBC said on Friday was a “breach of our guidelines”. The broadcaster said that Lineker will “step back” from presenting Match of the Day – a Saturday night fixture since 1964 and the longest-running football television programme in the world – until it agrees on a clear position on his use of social media. Al Jazeera’s Nadim Baba reports from London. Subscribe to our channel: Follow us on Twitter Find us on Facebook Check our website: Check out our Instagram page: #UnitedKingdom #BBC #GaryLineker #LinekerGate #GaryGate #MOTD #MatchOfTheDay #RefugeesWelcome #IStandWithGary #FreeSpeech
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