...By Lola Smith for TDPel Media.
Gary Lineker engaged in a heated debate with Good Morning Britain (GMB) host Richard Madeley as he addressed the tweet that led to his temporary removal from presenting BBC’s Match of the Day.
Lineker had been taken off the show for a few days after tweeting that the government’s language about immigration was “not dissimilar” to language used in 1930s Germany.
Madeley accused Lineker of comparing the government to the Nazis.
Lineker responded, stating that Madeley had misrepresented his words and attributed it to a Daily Mail headline that caused the initial uproar.
He clarified that he did not compare the government to the Nazis but rather commented on the similarity in language used.
Lineker emphasized that his intention was to advocate for the use of kinder language.
Reflecting on the situation that resulted in his temporary absence from television, Lineker described it as a disproportionate and bewildering story.
He stressed the importance of using a platform responsibly when one has a significant reach.
Madeley defended Lineker’s right to express his opinions while disagreeing with him.
He questioned Lineker if he would change or regret his statement.
Viewers expressed discontent with Madeley’s approach, with some criticizing his interview style on Twitter.
Despite the backlash, Lineker is set to receive the “Sport and Human Rights” award at a ceremony in Rome, commending his advocacy for the rights of refugees and migrants.
The award, a collaboration between Amnesty International and Sport4Society, recognizes outstanding contributions to human rights in the field of sports.