Le Tissier hits out at Wright's 'contradictory' support of Lineker

Matt Le Tissier hits out at Ian Wright claiming his solidarity with Gary Lineker is ‘completely contradictory’, as he states the Match of the Day host didn’t support him when he was sacked by Sky Sports

  • Ian Wright showed his support for Gary Lineker by pulling out of tonight’s MOTD 
  • Matt Le Tissier was one of three Soccer Saturday pundits sacked by Sky in 2020 
  • The ex-Saints striker has hit out at Wright for his ‘contradictory’ support 

Matt Le Tissier has branded Ian Wright’s show of support for Gary Lineker as ‘completely contradictory’.

The 62-year old MOTD icon has been made to ‘step back’ from the broadcasting corporations football show after breaching the BBC’s ‘social media guidelines’ having previously compared the language used to launch a new Government asylum policy with 1930s Germany.

Former Southampton striker Le Tissier on Thursday hit out at Lineker for ‘virtue signalling,’ but tweeted that ‘Gary should be entitled to his opinion unless his contract with the BBC says otherwise.’

Le Tissier has now hit out at Wright for not backing him when he was sacked as one of the pundits of Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday show in 2020. 

He told GB News: ‘It’s really interesting as Ian is taking a stand for his mate and fellow TV worker. But what’s really interesting about it is that if you go back three years and have a look at the reaction of Ian Wright to the sacking of myself, Phil Thompson and Charlie Nicholas and you will see that reaction is completely contradictory to the way he acted to this.

Matt Le Tissier has hit out at Ian Wright for his contradictory support of Gary Lineker 

The show’s production team has been left in disarray with fellow presenters, pundits and commentators deciding not to do tonight’s MOTD due to Lineker being pulled out 

‘So it’s all very well to take this stand, but let’s show a little bit of consistency Wrighty.

‘If you’re watching you know what I’m on about. He certainly didn’t stand in solidarity with the three of us. 

‘It was a case of old people that have had their time and it’s time to move onto some younger people. It was along those lines.’

The decision to pull Lineker from MOTD has led to disarray in the show’s production team with fellow presenters, pundits and commentators refusing to take part.

Wright was the first person to publicly back Lineker by stating he would not take part in the show, tweeting: ‘Everybody knows what Match of the Day means to me, but I’ve told the BBC I won’t be doing it tomorrow. Solidarity.’

At the time of Le Tissier’s sacking, Wright said that the former Saints striker, Nicholas and Thompson had an ‘unbelievable run’ and wished them all the best.

He said: ‘Matt Le Tissier, Charlie Nicholas, Phil Thompson, they’ve had an unbelievable run, it’s been a great show. This happens to everyone in the industry.

Le Tissier questioned why Wright (pictured) didn’t support him when he, Charlie Nicholas and Phil Thompson were sacked by Sky three years ago

‘This is Sky’s decision to evolve the show. And I wish them all the very best. Yes, you can be disappointed that it’s come to an end for those guys, they’ve done brilliantly.’

Will Lineker return to MOTD in the future?

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Following Twitter backlash into the news of the three men departing Sky Sports, Wright in a Twitter video also said: ‘I’ve had to pull the car over – the racism is going through the roof today.

‘Can someone answer me this: what does Micah Richards, Alex Scott, Sol Campbell, Clinton Morrison or any other black pundit have to do with Sky’s decision to get rid of these guys?

‘All because three middle-aged white guys got the sack… I kiss my teeth. Why are people upset? Alex Scott, for me, is easily one of the best-prepared pundits out there. Easily. 

‘Micah Richards is the most exciting pundits to hit the scene in years. Keep their names out of your stinking unbrushed-teeth mouths.’

Le Tissier responded directly to Wright, agreeing with his sentiments. He added: ‘Totally agree with you @IanWright0 excellent point well made, racism should be left out of this completely.

‘But from one middle aged bloke to another I thought I did a decent job.’

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