Micah Richards backs Ian Wright & Alan Shearer after Match of the Day hosts pull out in ‘solidarity’ with Gary Lineker
FOOTIE pundit Micah Richards has backed Ian Wright and Alan Shearer after the Match of the Day hosts pulled out in “solidarity” with Gary Lineker.
The former player said he would also have made the decision not to host Match of the Day if he was asked.
Football pundit Micah Richards has backed Ian Wright & Alan Shearer after Match of the Day hosts pulled out in ‘solidarity’ with Gary Lineker
In a tweet he said: “I was not due to be working on MOTD tomorrow, but if I was, I would find myself taking the same decision that @IanWright0 & @alanshearer have.”
It comes as Ian Wright and Alan Shearer pulled out of Match of the Day after the BBC’s decision to remove Gary Lineker from air.
The BBC said Mr Lineker’s criticism of the Government’s Illegal Migration Bill on Twitter was a “breach of our guidelines”.
Arsenal legend Wright tweeted: “Everybody knows what Match of the Day means to me, but I’ve told the BBC I won’t be doing it tomorrow. Solidarity.”
Mr Shearer, 52, later followed suit, saying: “I have informed the BBC that I won’t be appearing on MOTD tomorrow night.”
Fellow pundit Alex Scott says she won’t step in to host Match of the Day in place of Gary Lineker after his suspension from the show.
In a cryptic tweet the ex-Lioness shared a meme of US politician Bernie Sanders saying: “Nah… not for me.”
Ms Scott joins fellow Match of the Day hosts Alan Shearer and Ian Wright in boycotting tomorrow’s episode.
It is unclear who will present the show in place of the four pundits.
Mr Lineker sparked a free speech row when he compared the Governments plans to ban migrants arriving on small boats from settling in Britain with “1930’s Germany”.
It came as he responded to a video on Twitter of Home Secretary Suella Braverman as she presented the Government’s 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, Mr 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.
“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?”
In a statement earlier, the BBC outlined they had undergone “extensive discussions” with the ex-England star, 62, following the furore.
While the beeb praised his sports coverage as “second to none” they said he should “keep well away from taking sides” on party political topics.
The full statement read: “The BBC has been in extensive discussions with Gary and his team in recent days.
“We have said that we consider his recent social media activity to be a breach of our guidelines.
“The BBC has decided that he will step back from presenting Match of the Day until we’ve got an agreed and clear position on his use of social media.
“When it comes to leading our football and sports coverage, Gary is second to none.
“We have never said that Gary should be an opinion free zone, or that he can’t have a view on issues that matter to him, but we have said that he should keep well away from taking sides on party political issues or political controversies.”