Gary Lineker brilliantly hits back at The Sun after ‘migrant lies’ attack

He won’t be losing his Match of the Day job.

Gary Lineker at Wimbledon
Gary Lineker The face of the BBC's Match of the Day. Image Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

Gary Lineker has hit back against The Sun after the newspaper’s front page accused him of ‘peddling migrant lies’.

The BBC presenter recently spoke out against those questioning the age of youths brought over from Calais.

Lineker wrote in a tweet earlier this week: “The treatment by some towards these young refugees is hideously racist and utterly heartless. What’s happening to our country?”

The Match of the Day’s comments sparked an intense refugee debate, culminating in the below front page from The Sun, calling for him to be sacked as the host of the BBC’s flagship football show.

Lineker responded with the kind of calmness and composure we’ve come to expect from the man whose anchored Match of the Day for 17 years.

“Getting a bit of a spanking today, but things could be worse: Imagine, just for a second, being a refugee having to flee from your home,” Lineker said.

The football community on Twitter rounded to support Lineker, with Stan Collymore accusing The Sun of “sh*t stirring the pot” to try and oust Lineker.

Robbie Savage also retweeted Lineker’s message of “Good night all. Can’t wait to do Match Of The Day on Saturday”.

The 55-year-old TV host also quipped about The Sun branding him a “leftie luvvie” and announced he wouldn’t be losing his Match of the Day job over the migrant row.

Twitter lit up with the #TeamLineker hashtag, bringing in support from fans of his former clubs Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City and beyond.

Many were were impressed with the coolness of Lineker’s response to the knee-jerk, anti-refugee rhetoric peddled on the back of one tweet.

“Slightly overwhelmed by the support on here today to be honest. Thank you,” Lineker said.

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