Gary Lineker laughs off Nazi jibe as MPs demand BBC sack him trends now
Gary Lineker has broken his silence on his row with Suella Braverman over the Tory migrant boats crackdown with a tongue-in-cheek tweet about his BBC career being in jeopardy.
The corporation's highest-paid star, who earns £1.35million a year from the licence fee payer, has compared the Government's Illegal Migration Bill to the policies in 1930s Nazi Germany.
As critics including MPs demanded that he is finally sacked for the 'crass' comparison and a blatant impartiality breach, Mr Lineker sent the trolling tweet: 'Morning all. Anything going on?' He added sarcastically: 'Great to see the freedom of speech champions out in force this morning demanding silence from those with whom they disagree'.
His post came hours after Suella Braverman publicly slapped him down, calling his comments 'disappointing' and inviting him to visit the people of Dover and Kent to speak to them about the crisis.
Tory deputy chairman Lee Anderson told MailOnline: 'Yet again Gary Lineker has been allowed to kick about vile and baseless accusations, and the public are sick to the back teeth of it. Its time to tackle this woke crisp salesman and hold him to account for the nonsense he spews. The BBC need to get a grip and finally show these people the red card'.
Tory MP Michael Fabricant said : 'Lineker's ignorant "Nazi" comments have not only upset MPs – many in the Jewish community think it's crass while other broadcasters ask, "Why is Lineker allowed to get away with it?" I do too.'
This is Gary Lineker's response to the outcry over his comments on Tory policy on migrants arriving illegally in Britain by boat
Gary Lineker 'crossed a line' by comparing Suella Braverman's migrant crackdown to Nazi Germany, BBC sources said last night. There are calls for him to be sacked
The corporation's highest-paid star, who is on £1.35million a year, will be rebuked by bosses for attacking the Home Secretary's plans to 'stop the boats'. Suella Braverman told BBC Breakfast today that Gary Lineker's comments were disappointing
The Home Secretary today said she felt that Lineker's comments were 'disappointing'. She told BBC Breakfast: 'I think it's unhelpful to compare our measures, which are lawful, proportionate and – indeed – compassionate, to 1930s Germany'.
Gary Lineker breached BBC impartiality rules with a social media post criticising the Tories, the broadcaster's complaints team ruled.
The Match of the Day host, 62, used Twitter to quote an article about Liz Truss – then foreign secretary – urging Premier League teams to boycott the Champions League final in Russia.
In his post, the former England striker, who has more than 8.7million followers on Twitter, added: 'And her party will hand back their donations from Russian donors?'.
Lineker sparked a row with a senior BBC journalist this year with a Tweet about sewerage.
He wrote on Twitter: 'As a politician how could you ever, under any circumstances, bring yourself to vote for pumping sewage into our seas? Unfathomable!'
The tweet prompted veteran BBC journalist Neil Henderson, a home and foreign news editor, to ask the £1.35million-a-year presenter if his contract allowed him to breach the corporation's impartiality rules.
The journalist wrote to him: 'The BBC lives or dies by its impartiality. If you can't abide it, get off it.'
Mr Henderson, following discussions with BBC bosses, later issued an apology.
Lineker found himself at odds with ex-racing driver turned Sky commentator Martin Brundle over his response to a Just Stop Oil protest.
Protesters stormed the British Grand Prix, sparking fury from Brundle, who said they could have been killed.
Lineker tweeted: 'History will look back very favourably on these people'.
But Brundle replied: 'Gary please don't encourage this reckless behaviour. 'They'd have been sliced into 100 pieces and fans, marshals and drivers were wholly at risk of injury and death. I totally support freedom of speech and opinion, but do it responsibly.'
Lineker was challenged over his comments on Brexit by BBC cricket commentator Jonathan Agnew.
Lineker has been vocal in his opposition to Brexit, including on Twitter and attending a rally in 2018 calling for a second referendum.
Agnew, responding to one of Lineker's posts, Tweeted: 'Gary. You are the face of BBC Sport. Please observe BBC editorial guidelines and keep your political views, whatever they are and whatever the subject, to yourself. I'd be sacked if I followed your example. Thanks.'
Asked if he should resign or be sacked, she said: 'That's a matter for the BBC and they will resolve that.' She invited Lineker to visit Kent to 'see what the communities in Kent and Dover and actually all around the UK are feeling about this issue'.
The Match of the Day host has been repeatedly told off by the BBC for his often Left-wing tweets. In October last year he was found to have broken impartiality rules after criticising the Tories and Liz Truss – and has been warned several times about his comments on the Government and Brexit.
'The BBC should disassociate themselves from these types of comments and ask themselves the question: "Is this the type of comment they expect from their publicly funded presenters?"
'Instead of lecturing, Mr Lineker should stick to reading out the football scores and flogging crisps. This is just another example of how out of touch these overpaid stars are with the voting public'.
Former minister Robert Jenrick said: 'My children are the grandchildren of Holocaust survivors, and I think those sorts of words should not be thrown around lightly. Gary Lineker is paid for by the British taxpayer. And it's disappointing that he is so far