Gary Lineker's son 'believes his dad WILL return' to host MOTD

‘Will he go back to Match of the Day? I think so’: Gary Lineker’s son ‘believes his dad WILL return’ to host the BBC’s football highlights show ..but eldest George warns the iconic presenter ‘won’t back down’ over recent comments

  • Gary Lineker’s son believes his dad will return to host Match of the Day
  • Eldest son George Lineker revealed he thinks the presenter will reappear
  • But admitted his father ‘won’t back down’ over his controversial tweet 

Gary Lineker could ‘return’ to host Match of the Day according to his son George Lineker, but will apparently never apologise for his tweet that landed him in hot water with the BBC.

The senior Lineker figure was cut from hosting Saturday’s iconic highlights show after recently comparing the UK Government’s immigration policy to ‘1930s Germany’.

BBC chiefs decided to go ahead with airing the latest MOTD episode but were forced into playing an action-only showing as co-hosts, pundits, and match commentators all absconded from their roles in a show of solidarity with their colleague.

Now the presenter’s eldest son George has revealed to The Mirror that he expects to see his dad back on the BBC screens, but that he won’t back down over his comments.

‘Dad is a good man, a good human, and I’m proud of him for standing by his word. That’s why he was pulled off the show – because he wouldn’t apologise. But he will always speak up for people who don’t have a voice,’ said George

Gary Lineker (left) will return to the BBC’s Match of the Day according to his eldest son George (right)

The BBC made the decision on Friday evening to temporarily axe Lineker from hosting MOTD

Lineker’s eldest son did however warn that his dad (pictured) won’t ‘back down’ over his recent comments

‘He is passionate about helping refugee charities – he took in two refugees who he is still in touch with and trying to help. 

‘It means a lot to him to stand up for people whose only hope is to escape a country with only the clothes on their back. That’s why he’s been so firm

‘Will he go back to Match of the Day? I think so – he loves Match of the Day. But he won’t ever back down on his word.’ 

BBC director-general Tim Davie apologised for the disruption caused to the service’s sporting productions on Saturday afternoon but tried to reassure sports fans that they were ‘working very hard to resolve this situation’.

The 62-year-old presenter enjoyed a rare day of BBC duties as he was pictured watching Leicester fall to defeat against Chelsea at the King Power stadium.

He took pictures with fans and was seen reacting to the on-field action as Leicester scored first before being penned back by their London visitors.

Tim Davie apologised for today’s sports scheduling mayhem but said the corporation was ‘working very hard to resolve this situation’

Lineker (middle) was missing from Saturday’s Match of the Day show after being temporarily removed from his role

Ahead of the beginning of Saturday’s Premier League round-up, a continuity announcer said: ‘Now on BBC One, we’re sorry that we’re unable to show our normal Match Of The Day including commentary tonight. But here now is the best action from today’s Premier League matches.’ 

Ex-tennis pro Andrew Castle revealed that Lineker apparently agreed his hard-hitting online post was a ‘step too far’.

The well-known football show lasted just 20 minutes as the publicly funded broadcaster was forced to cancel most of its football coverage on Saturday.

MOTD was also rebranded as ‘Premier League Highlights’ during its broadcast and also cut the symbolic intro music from proceedings as six top-flight matches were shown.

Will Gary Lineker return to MOTD in the future?

Yes – 4/6 

No – 11/10

Odds provided by Paddy Power 

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