Gary Lineker faces a dilemma: toe the BBC line or be a social media influencer | Gary Lineker

The BBC’s decision to take Gary Lineker off air leaves its most outspoken personality with a potentially career-defining decision, as the corporation looks to risk its reputation to make a public example of one of its biggest stars.

Lineker’s politically loaded tweets about the government’s new asylum policy – followed by a pledge to stand by his comments – had left the BBC in an almost impossible position, balancing impartiality with freedom of expression by its staff.

The BBC, which has tried to rebuild a “fragile trust” with the government, reining in perceived partiality on…


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