An ‘angry’ Alan Shearer has broken his silence on Gary Lineker’s series of tweets after he pulled out of Match of The Day.
The team-mate and co-host is back on the BBC tonight with Lineker, 62, to bring viewers live coverage of the FA Cup quarter-final between Manchester City and Burnley.
The pundit opened the show saying “it’s great to be here” after being slammed for a tweet last week before being suspended.
And friend Shearer today expressed how “excited” he was to have missed the show after standing next to Lineker alongside Ian Wright.
He said: “I want to say how upset we were that all the viewers missed last weekend.
“It was a really difficult situation for everyone involved.
“Through no fault of their own, some great people on TV and radio have been placed in an impossible situation.
“It’s good to get back to some sort of normality and talk about football.”
Lineker replied, “I join those sentiments.”
The BBC’s highest-paid presenter, at £1.35million a year, has been blasted for his criticism of Suella Braverman’s migrant boat plan.
He lashed out on Twitter at the Illegal Migration Act, which bans people arriving on small boats from settling in Britain.
Lineker wrote, “This is just immeasurably cruel policy, aimed at the most vulnerable, in language not unlike that of Germany in the ’30s, and I’m out of order?”
The law provides that migrants are arrested and deported to their home country or a safe third country within 28 days.
Tory MPs called the tweet “lazy, ill thought out and shameful” while Downing Street said its language was “unacceptable and disappointing to watch”.
Energy Secretary Grant Shapps tweeted: “As a Jewish cabinet minister, I don’t need lessons on 1930s Germany from Gary Lineker.
“Like Gary, I take in refugees in my own home, but unlike Gary, I don’t believe it is right or moral to tolerate criminal gangs selling vulnerable people across the Channel.”
Home Secretary Suella Braverman branded the TV presenter’s comments “irresponsible” and Immigration Secretary Robert Jenrick said he was “not in tune with the British public”.
But the BBC later confirmed Lineker will return to the channel 72 hours later in an embarrassing relegation.
Director General Tim Davie apologized for the “difficult time” for staff, presenters and audience following his embarrassing descent.
Lineker’s failure to apologize to himself was also criticized.
He marked his return to the popular TV show today by tweeting a picture of him and teammates Shearer and Micah Richards.
The smiling picture of the trio comes minutes after Lineker posted a selfie with the caption: “Ah the joys of getting to stick with football.”
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