Robbie Savage makes incredible gesture to BBC staff who weren’t paid during Gary Lineker crisis
ROBBIE SAVAGE wants to cough up for unpaid BBC staff hit by the Gary Lineker crisis, reports say.
The Six-O-Six presenter revealed he was “inclined to work” during last weekend’s blackout but wasn’t brave enough to be a “scab” and now feels “guilty”.
GettyRobbie Savage says he had mixed feelings amid the BBC’s much-reduced TV and radio coverage following the Gary Lineker tweet row[/caption]
BBCAlan Shearer and Ian Wright stood down from MOTD in support of Gary Lineker but the show will be back to normal this weekend[/caption]
The Mirror say the former Wales midfielder has offered to pay the £1,000 wages his radio show’s production team missed out on.
The BBC took Lineker off air after he sparked a huge row with a tweet likening the Government’s language over their new immigration and small boats policy to that of 1930s’ Germany.
Match of the Day colleagues Ian Wright, Alan Shearer and Co stood down in support of their fellow ex-England striker in the dispute over impartiality.
And the Beeb’s usual football coverage was almost completely wiped out as other staff followed suit.
Lineker will be back this weekend for FA Cup coverage after coming to an arrangement with BBC bosses while rules on social media are reviewed.
But Savage was reportedly split over what to do as the crisis erupted.
The Mirror quote the former Leicester workhorse as saying: “I was inclined to work.
“But I didn’t have the guts to go through with it because nobody wanted to be that ‘scab’ who broke ranks.”
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And of production workers he added: “They have mortgages to pay, heating bills to pay, they have to put bread on the table like any working household.
“I hope there are other pundits who would like to do the same thing.
“Although I wasn’t a ringleader in Six-0-Six being off the air, I feel it’s the least I can do.”