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Two former Arsenal players refuse to be on MOTD in solidarity with Gary Lineker

Ian Wright and Alan Shearer announced they will not be appearing on Match of the Day out of solidarity with Gary Lineker.

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Arsenal legend Ian Wright
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Lineker has been involved in a row over impartiality after criticising the government’s asylum policy on small boats. The former England striker compared the government’s language in launching the policy with 1930s Germany.

Since Gary Lineker made the comments on his Twitter account, the BBC have asked him to step back from presenting the show this weekend due to his use of social media.

Two of the first names to stand with Lineker were Ian Wright and Alan Shearer who announced they will not be appearing on Match of the Day out of solidarity with their fellow colleague. Since then, many other pundits & colleague’s of Gary Lineker have come forward to also stand by his side.

Ian Wright was scheduled to be a pundit alongside Lineker but tweeted to say he will not be doing so after the BBC’s statement. His tweet was followed by Shearer, who has told Match of the Day bosses he will not be appearing on the show. Their stance was supported by Micah Richards and former Arsenal player, Alex Scott.

Since this happened over the last few hours, the BBC have put out another statement which explained how Saturday’s Match Of The Day will “focus on match action without studio presentation or punditry” after several former footballers pulled out of the show, a BBC spokesperson said.
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