Lineker scored a hat-trick after the BBC’s red card was rescinded
During his playing years as England football’s famed striker in the 1980s and 1990s, Gary Lineker was never warned off by a referee or sent off. It was only after his playing career that the BBC referees blew the whistle. As the world now knows, the star football pundit, host of the BBC’s flagship Match of the Day program and highest-paid personality, sat on the bench last week because he feared his tweet about the government’s new immigration law would undermine the commitment of would jeopardize the broadcaster’s impartiality. The sound that followed was the deafening roar of the football world flooding the pitch in support of Lineker.