BBC Sport presenter Emma Louise Jones has been suggested as a replacement for Gary Lineker on Match of the Day by fans. Lineker was suspended from the show after he compared the UK government’s plans to ban migrants arriving on small boats from settling in Britain with “1930’s Germany”. The former Premier League star was deemed to have breached the BBC’s guidelines and was forced to step back from his presenting role. However, his suspension sparked chaos as scores of Match of the Day co-hosts refused to appear in solidarity with the veteran presenter.
Jones has also presented for Leeds TV in the past and for BBC Radio 5 Live. Fans have filled up her Instagram comments in a bid to have her replace Lineker. One fan asked, “What you doing Saturday night? Fancy the MOTD gig?” Another posted, “MOTD needs you.” One added, “All set for MOTD tonight?” while another commented, “Can you be the new presenter for MOTD please?”
Match of The Day has plunged into chaos as Jones’ BBC colleagues have refused to work in solidarity with Lineker. Ian Wright, Alan Shearer, Jermaine Jenas, Alex Scott, Mark Chapman and Micah Richards all refused to fill in amid the chaos. Even matchday commentators pulled out of the show. The BBC confirmed that tonight’s Match of the Day will be aired with no commentators or hosts. No player or manager from the Premier League will be giving any interview to the show too.
Lineker’s suspension has sparked a debate on social media about freedom of speech and censorship. Some people have criticized the BBC for punishing Lineker for expressing his opinion on a controversial topic. Others have argued that Lineker should have been more careful with his words and not compared the UK government’s policies with Nazi Germany.
Lineker is known for his outspoken views on politics and social issues. He has been a vocal critic of Brexit and the UK government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. He has also been a supporter of refugees and migrants and has called for more compassion and understanding towards them.
Jones, on the other hand, is a rising star in sports broadcasting. She has worked for various media outlets, including Sky Sports, BT Sport, and ITV. She is known for her lively personality and her ability to connect with viewers. She has also been praised for her knowledge of football and her interviewing skills.
It remains to be seen whether Jones will be offered the job of replacing Lineker on Match of the Day. The BBC has not commented on the matter yet. However, it is clear that Jones has a growing fan base who believe she would be a great addition to the show. Whether she is ready for such a high-profile role remains to be seen, but she certainly has the talent and potential to succeed in it.