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BBC sports presenter Gary Lineker has sparked a BBC impartiality row after he publicly voiced his thoughts on the government’s asylum policy. In his tweets, he appeared to compare the migrant policy to Nazi Germany, which led to Good Morning Britain guest Andrew Pierce slamming the star and insisting he “stick to football”.
Home Secretary Suella Braverman unveiled the government’s new plans to stop migrant boats from crossing the English Channel on Monday.
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In another tweet, the 62-year-old wrote: “There is no huge influx. We take far fewer refugees than other major European countries.
“This is just an immeasurably cruel policy directed at the most vulnerable people in language that is not dissimilar to that used by Germany in the 30s, and I’m out of order?”
The presenter’s comments on the government have faced a wave of backlash with many calling for the BBC to take action after his clear impartiality.
Speaking about the controversy on Wednesday’s instalment of Good Morning Britain, Richard Madeley stated Lineker had “hijacked” the story of the migration announcement.
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Pierce continued: “He’s paid a lot of money by the BBC which is all about being independent and impartial.
“He’s done it before, he’s always having a go at the Tory government, he should keep his politics out of it!
“It’s also offensive what he said by the way.”
Since his comments, a BBC spokesman has revealed the commentator will be reminded of his responsibilities.
They said: “The BBC has social media guidance, which is published. Individuals who work for us are aware of their responsibilities relating to social media.
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