Ian Wright vows to quit BBC if they axe Gary Lineker

‘If they get rid of him I’m OUT’: Ian Wright launches passionate defence over Gary Lineker after pulling out of Match of the Day… as he slams the Government and says the show’s host was ‘right’ with what he said

  • Ian Wright pulled out of Match of the Day in support of host Gary Lineker
  • The show’s pundit addressed the situation in his ‘Wright’s House’ podcast 
  • He launched a passionate defence saying he will leave if Lineker is axed

Ian Wright has launched a passionate defence over his good friend and Match of the Day host Gary Lineker. 

The 62-year old MOTD icon has been made to ‘step back’ from the broadcasting corporations football show after breaching the BBC’s ‘social media guidelines’ having previously compared the language used to launch a new Government asylum policy with 1930s Germany.

Wright was the first person to publicly back Lineker by stating he would not take part in the show, tweeting on Friday night: ‘Everybody knows what Match of the Day means to me, but I’ve told the BBC I won’t be doing it tomorrow. Solidarity.’

Since then the show’s production team has been left in disarray with Alan Shearer, other presenters, pundits and commentators all declaring they won’t take part in tonight’s show.

Speaking on Friday’s ‘Wrighty House’ podcast, the former Arsenal striker said he would quit the show altogether if the BBC gets rid of Lineker.

Ian Wright has launched a passionate defence over Gary Lineker and said he will leave the BBC if the broadcasting corporation decides to axe the popular Match of the Day host

Wright was the first person to pull out of MOTD after Gary Lineker was made to ‘step-back’ from tonight’s show

Addressing the matter at the start of the podcast, he said: ‘Before we go I’ve got to deal with the Gary Lineker stuff because that’s my guy.

‘He wrote a tweet criticising the government about everything that’s happening with human rights issues and everything here and it’s the perfect distraction for this government man.

‘Gary’s tweet was the headline news. They need Gary Lineker to distract everybody because for me it is a human issue, it’s not political.

‘They’ve got no empathy, the vulnerable ones are the ones that suffer, they’re the ones that suffer.

‘It starts with words. I think Gary Lineker, he retweeted from a German professor because the Hitler thing is what they’ve all jumped on. He retweeted saying that it all starts with language, it starts with words.

‘They didn’t just start throwing people into concentration camps, it starts with words and language.

Tonight’s show has been left in disarray with fellow presenters, pundits including Alan Shearer (left) and commentators all deciding not to take part

Football Focus and Final Score have also been shelved with the likes of Alex Scott (pictured) also pulling out of BBC duties today

‘What they’re doing is the culture war they want us to have, left versus right, “woke, you’re woke, you’re woke’ that is the distraction and I tell you something if they do, the BBC, get rid of Gary Lineker, I am out, I’m gone, I’m not staying there.

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‘On his own platform he should be able to say what he wants to say. Gary Lineker, he says stuff on everything and it’s almost like this one has missed everybody because he says so much. 

‘But this is so right with what he’s saying. I’ve spoken to Gary. I’m behind him.’ 

A day after the saga came to light, the BBC continues to feel the impact of their decision to remove Lineker as Match of the Day host tonight.

Football Focus and Final Score have been shelved as presenters including Alex Scott and Kelly Somers have pulled out also in support of Lineker. 

Jurgen Klopp is also set to lead a BBC boycott among managers and players following crisis talks on Friday night. 

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