Despite the absence of presenters, pundits, and a commentary team, Match of the Day will still air as scheduled. This comes after Gary Lineker, the show’s usual presenter, was suspended from the BBC due to a tweet he made about the government’s new immigration legislation.
The BBC has stated that Lineker will step back from presenting Match of the Day until they have an agreed and clear position on his use of social media. As a result, there will be no presenters, pundits, or BBC commentary during tonight’s screening of the show.
High-profile names within the BBC, including Alan Shearer, Ian Wright, Alex Scott, Micah Richards, Mark Chapman, and Jermain Jenas, have all pulled out as a sign of solidarity to Lineker. This means that there will be nobody in the studio to take viewers through all of Saturday’s Premier League action.
A statement from a BBC spokesperson read: “Some of our pundits have said they don’t wish to appear on the programme while we seek to resolve the situation with Gary.” In addition to a vacant studio, regular Match of the Day commentator Steve Wilson has revealed that neither he nor any of his colleagues will commentate on any games for tonight’s program.
Despite these challenges, Match of the Day will still air at its usual time of 10:20 pm UK time on BBC 1. Viewers can stream it for free via BBC iPlayer, provided they have a valid TV license.
This situation highlights the importance of responsible social media use for public figures. While Lineker has been a prominent figure in football broadcasting for many years, his actions on social media have consequences that extend beyond his personal life. The BBC’s decision to suspend him from Match of the Day shows that even those in the public eye are not immune to accountability for their actions online.
It is unclear when Lineker will return to his role as presenter of Match of the Day. However, it is clear that the BBC is taking this situation seriously and is working to ensure that its employees use social media responsibly and in line with the organization’s values.
In the meantime, fans of Match of the Day will have to make do with a commentary-free screening of Saturday’s Premier League action. While this may be disappointing for some viewers, it is a small price to pay for ensuring that public figures are held accountable for their actions both on and off social media.