Support floods in as Ian Wright & Alan Shearer boycott BBC’s Match of the Day coverage in solidarity with Gary Lineker

Support has come flooding in for all of Alan Shearer, Ian Wright and Gary Lineker, on the back of the bombshell news surrounding the BBC’s coverage of famed highlights programme Match of the Day.

For those who may have missed it, a short time ago, confirmation was forthcoming that long-time MOTD host Lineker had been relieved of his duties for the time being.

In response to his recent use of Twitter to express political viewpoints, the BBC unveiled a short statement, explaining that it had “decided that he will step back from presenting Match of the Day until we’ve got an agreed and clear position on his use of social media.”

It was added: “When it comes to leading our football and sports coverage, Gary is second to none.

“We have never said that Gary should be an opinion free zone, or that he can’t have a view on issues that matter to him, but we have said that he should keep well away from taking sides on party political issues or political controversies.”

This stance on the part of the BBC has since gone down like a lead balloon across the football space, with Lineker having already received support by way of a whole host of high-profile sources.

One such individual comes in the form of MOTD co-presenter Ian Wright, who responded to news of Lineker being forced to step back with a statement of his own.

The ex-Arsenal striker has confirmed that he will not take his place in the BBC studio this weekend, in ‘solidarity’ with his compatriot:

And the backing for Lineker has since only continued to come pouring in, with Alan Shearer having followed Wright’s lead a short time ago:

Check out some of the social media highlights in response to this evening’s chaos at the BBC below:

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

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