Gary Lineker He withdrew from presenting the Match of the Day this weekend with a temporary host preparing to replace him.
The BBC’s move comes after a neutrality debate over Lineker’s comments criticizing the government’s new asylum policy.
Hailing Lineker as “unique” in leading football and sports news, the BBC insisted his comments on Twitter “violated our guidelines” and advised the former England international to “stay far away from taking sides in political parties”. problems or political discussions”.
Lineker will not be on the Premier League highlights schedule “until an agreement is reached on the use of social media and a clear position is taken”.
Here are the five candidates to replace Gary Lineker in this weekend’s Game of the Day:
An experienced broadcaster capable of presenting any sport, the Game of the 2nd host can easily be placed in the main program.
Also used by the BBC during World Cup broadcasts, the 49-year-old has almost three decades of working experience for the company.
He is a BBC favorite ever since he presented the Final Score and Sports Personality of the Year.
Logan is also versatile with experience spanning a variety of sports and has appeared on the BBC’s Qatar World Cup broadcast.
The Welsh presenter already hosts Final Score, the BBC’s live results program on Saturday afternoons, and has been doing so since 2013. Mohammed also previously hosted Match of the Day and Game of the Day, replacing Lineker and Chapman.
The former Tottenham player and British international is a regular on Match of the Day and hosts The One Show on BBC One alongside Alex Jones. Jenas could therefore replace Lineker, but would host Match of the Day for the first time.
The former Arsenal and England footballer began his media career by appearing as an expert for BBC Sport, Sky Sports and BT Sport while continuing his media career.
He has since hosted Goals on Sunday on Sky, regularly co-hosted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards and guest-hosted on The One Show.
Th, 38, also replaced Dan Walker as the main host of Football Focus in 2021. He was featured as an expert for the BBC during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Balding has been with the BBC as a reporter, commentator and presenter since 1995, and was announced as lead presenter on the BBC’s Wimbledon this week, replacing Sue Barker.
The 52-year-old has worked at numerous other major sporting events for the BBC, including the seven summer Olympic Games.
Next permanent Match of the Day home odds
7-4 Jermaine Jenas
2-1 Alex Scott
8-1 Mark Chapman
10-1 Gaby Logan
12-1 Manish Bhasin
25-1 Colin Murray
33-1 James Korden
100-1 Piers Morgan