Gary Lineker has challenged Twitter boss Elon Musk over a threatening message despatched to his son within the wake of the TV presenter’s row with the BBC.
The Match Of The Day (MOTD) host – who was reinstated on Monday – tweeted a screenshot of a non-public message despatched by a person describing his eldest son, George, as a “mug” who wanted to be “burned on the stake” for defending his father.
Lineker wrote with the picture: “Is that this acceptable @Twitter @elonmusk? And I do not imply the grammar.”
Earlier within the day, George had tweeted: “Social media’s mad is not it. Over the previous few days, on insta – by no means had so many good messages. On Twitter – by no means had a lot abuse.
“It isn’t even something to do with me.”
Lineker was suspended by the BBC for his tweets criticising the federal government’s migration coverage.
It has now agreed to permit the previous England footballer again on air this weekend, with the BBC’s director-general Tim Davie denying it amounted to a climbdown by the company.
An impartial overview will now look into its social media utilization tips.
Nevertheless, some Tory MPs are livid on the determination, saying it permits Lineker “carte blanche” to say what he likes on social media, regardless of Mr Davie insisting till the overview is printed, the presenter will “abide by the editorial tips”.
Lineker has since began tweeting once more in regards to the plight of refugees, writing: “Nevertheless troublesome the previous few days have been, it merely does not examine to having to flee your property from persecution or battle to hunt refuge in a land distant.”
The 62-year-old has additionally thanked his fellow presenters and pundits for his or her “exceptional present of solidarity” after a quantity pulled out of BBC reveals on the weekend.
In response to his father’s messages, George tweeted a goat emoji – usually used to indicate G.O.A.T, which means Best Of All Time for sportspeople. He later wrote: “Good work Gaz.”
Lineker was taken off air for a tweet evaluating the language used to launch a brand new authorities asylum seeker coverage with that of Nineteen Thirties Nazi Germany.
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Soccer protection on BBC TV and radio was affected as pundits, presenters and reporters – together with Alan Shearer, Ian Wright and Alex Scott – joined a walkout.
The BBC subsequently apologised and reinstated Lineker as host of MOTD.
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In a press release yesterday, Mr Davie stated: “Everybody recognises this has been a troublesome interval for employees, contributors, presenters and, most significantly, our audiences. I apologise for this.
“The potential confusion brought on by the gray areas of the BBC’s social media steerage that was launched in 2020 is recognised. I need to get issues resolved and our sport content material again on air.”