Every BBC presenter to join boycott after Gary Lineker axed from MOTD

Gary Lineker 'didn't choose to step back' says Dan Walker

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The BBC has been thrown into crisis by an exodus of its football presenters, pundits and commentators after Gary Lineker was axed from Match of the Day. Lineker’s strong criticism of the government’s Illegal Migration Bill has seen him stood down from the Premier League highlights programme. 

Following the announcement of the 62-year-old being deposed until a position on his social media use can be agreed, several of the BBC’s fellow football staff have stepped aside in solidarity. Lineker’s fellow Match of the Day regular Ian Wright was first to go.

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.”

The former Arsenal striker’s intervention prompted Alan Shearer to reveal that he would join the boycott. Alex Scott and Jermaine Jenas – both tipped as future successors to Lineker – both refused to step in. 

Scott then announced she would not host Football Focus as planned at midday. Final Score’s Jason Mohammad then made the same stance, sensationally prompting both shows to be ditched from the day’s television schedule.

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Tonight’s Match of the Day will still go ahead. However, the BBC has announced that it will not feature studio presentation, punditry, or its usual army of commentators. 

Match of the Day’s usual name-callers announced that they too would not be taking part in Saturday’s show. The programme has access to world feed commentary and could use that for its highlights package in a remarkable show. 

Premier League stars will not be interviewed by the BBC this weekend, or until Lineker has been allowed to return. Players reportedly confided in the Professional Footballers’ Association that they would feel uncomfortable speaking to the broadcaster. 

Here is a full list of the BBC presenters, pundits and commentators who have announced that they are not taking part in any of the broadcaster’s football coverage on Saturday across both TV and radio.

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Alex Scott

Jason Mohammad 

Jermaine Jenas

Mark Chapman

Colin Murray


Ian Wright

Alan Shearer

Dion Dublin

Glenn Murray

Micah Richards

Leon Osman

Reporters and commentators

Kelly Somers

Steve Wilson

Colin McNamara

Robyn Cowen

Steven Wyeth

This list will be updated. 

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