Gary Lineker will return to Match Of The Day on BBC after Twitter row

Gary Lineker is to return to presenting on BBC One, it’s been confirmed.

The Match Of The Day host was taken off air last week following Twitter posts criticising the UK government’s immigration policy.

On Saturday a number of fellow presenters and pundits refused to appear on TV in support of Gary, resulting in shows such as Football Focus and Final Score being removed from schedules.

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Today the BBC has said that Gary will be back to front the football next weekend, and also announced a review into its social media policy.

Director-General of the BBC, Tim Davie, said: “Everyone recognises this has been a difficult period for staff, contributors, presenters and, most importantly, our audiences. I apologise for this. The potential confusion caused by the grey areas of the BBC’s social media guidance that was introduced in 2020 is recognised. I want to get matters resolved and our sport content back on air.

“Impartiality is important to the BBC. It is also important to the public. The BBC has a commitment to impartiality in its Charter and a commitment to freedom of expression. That is a difficult balancing act to get right where people are subject to different contracts and on air positions, and with different audience and social media profiles. The BBC’s social media guidance is designed to help manage these sometimes difficult challenges and I am aware there is a need to ensure that the guidance is up to this task. It should be clear, proportionate, and appropriate.

“Accordingly, we are announcing a review led by an independent expert – reporting to the BBC – on its existing social media guidance, with a particular focus on how it applies to freelancers outside news and current affairs. The BBC and myself are aware that Gary is in favour of such a review.

“Shortly, the BBC will announce who will conduct that review. Whilst this work is undertaken, the BBC’s current social media guidance remains in place.

“Gary is a valued part of the BBC and I know how much the BBC means to Gary, and I look forward to him presenting our coverage this coming weekend.”

Gary Lineker added: “I am glad that we have found a way forward. I support this review and look forward to getting back on air.”

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