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At one stage on an extraordinary day the BBC were facing the prospect of scrapping tonight’s programme altogether, as commentators and production staff also threatened to walk out in support of the former England captain.
Cancellation would have put them in breach of a £70million-a-year contract with the Premier League.
‘At it stands I think anything is possible,’ a senior figure from the Match of the Day team told Sportsmail an hour before the BBC confirmed the programme would go ahead in a statement released at 9.15pm.
‘Some of our pundits have said that they don’t wish to appear on the programme while we seek to resolve the situation with Gary,’ the statement read.
Ian Wright and Alan Shearer have both confirmed they will not be appear on Match of the Day
Alex Scott has ruled herself out of the running to replace Gary Lineker as host of the show
Ian Wright, Alan Shearer, Alex Scott, Micah Richards and Jermaine Jenas all confirmed via Twitter that they were showing solidarity to their friend Gary Lineker
The decision to suspend Lineker was taken by the BBC's director-general Tim Davie
‘We understand their position and we have decided that the programme will focus on match action without studio presentation or