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MATCH OF THE DAY viewers have been left surprised after being deprived of Gary Lineker again.

Three weeks ago, his entire career at the BBC was up in the air after an impartiality row.

Gary Lineker was conspicuously absent from Match of the Day on Saturday


Gary Lineker was conspicuously absent from Match of the Day on SaturdayCredit: EPA

But that issue was resolved after a fan backlash over the Beeb’s decision to axe the presenter.

Upon reaching a deal, BBC Director General Tim Davie said: “Gary is a valued part of the BBC and I know how much the BBC means to Gary, and I look forward to him presenting our coverage this coming weekend.”

And that agreement may leave some even more surprised that he is not presenting this evening’s show.

So what, exactly, has happened?

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Why isn’t Gary Lineker presenting Match of the Day?

Gary Lineker has been very up front about his reasons for missing MOTD this evening.

And fans have no reason to be worried that he will be off-air for the long run.

Lineker tweeted earlier today: “Just so there’s no misunderstanding, I won’t be doing @BBCMOTD tonight.

“I’m not suspended, just on holiday. Back next week. 😂👍🏻”


Why was Gary Lineker suspended before?

Gary Lineker was suspended because the BBC ruled that a tweet he posted about Home Secretary Suella Braverman broke impartiality rules.

He responded to a video of her setting out the Government’s Migration Bill, labelling the language being used similar to 1930s Germany.

Lineker tweeted: “This is just an immeasurably cruel policy directed at the most vulnerable people in language that is not dissimilar to that used by Germany in the ’30s, and I’m out of order?”

However, the BBC agreed to review its social media guidelines for presenters who aren’t covering current affairs.

And they allowed Lineker to return to air so long as he agrees to follow the current rules while the new ones are being drawn up.

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