The BBC is facing a backlash after forcing Gary Lineker to step down from Match of the Day, prompting his colleagues to boycott the programme in solidarity.
The corporation took action after Lineker refused to apologise for posting an inflammatory tweet drawing parallels between the Government’s flagship policy on illegal migrants and the language of Nazi Germany.
He also refused to give assurances that he would refrain from voicing his political opinions in future.
However, the decision to take the BBC’s highest-paid presenter off air plunged the broadcaster into its latest crisis. Critics asked why it had made an example of Lineker while Richard Sharp, the corporation’s chairman, remains in post despite revelations about his role in facilitating an £800,000 loan arrangement for Boris Johnson, the former prime minister.
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