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Dispute between BBC presenter Lineker and signs of agreement

Dispute between BBC presenter Lineker and signs of agreement

The dispute over British sports broadcaster and former football star Gary Lineker, who was suspended by the BBC, may soon move. And the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) reported last night that there is hope to settle the dispute soon. However, not all disputed points have been resolved.

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The Sun had just reported, citing unnamed sources, that Lineker is set to be back on air next week. Sky News, citing people close to Lineker, said he was “hopeful” that the dispute would be resolved within the next 24 hours.

He was arrested after criticizing the government

Lineker was suspended from the BBC on Friday over a tweet critical of the government. He accused the British government of using language about refugees that resembled Nazi rhetoric in the 1930s. Linker breached the guidelines of political neutrality for public service broadcasting, and the BBC justified the move.

Many of Lineker’s colleagues, including former professional footballers Ian Wright and Alan Shearer, as well as many BBC employees, expressed solidarity with the presenter and refused to participate in television and radio broadcasts about football.

Consequently, the country’s most important football show, Match of the Day, had to do without a moderator, expert voices and footballer interviews on the weekend. Other programs had to be canceled entirely. Critics have accused the BBC and its director general, Tim Davy, of caving in to government pressure.

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