Lineker pokes fun at The Sun before MOTD

Daniel Storey

Gary Lineker poked fun at The Sun newspaper for calling for him to be sacked before Match of the Day on Saturday night.

After criticising The Sun’s coverage of the migrant crisis, the newspaper called for Lineker to be sacked for ‘peddling lies’, apparently after losing their self-awareness-ometer.

On Friday the newspaper led with the headline “Out on his ears” in reference to calls for the presenter to lose his job over his comments.

Lineker received overwhelming support via social media and responded to criticism on his own Twitter account.

“Getting a bit of a spanking today,” joked Lineker, “but things could be worse: Imagine, just for a second, being a refugee having to flee from your home.”

Although Lineker did not make reference to the furore on Match of the Day, he did post a picture on social media reminding his critics that he was “Still here, folks”.

Still here, folks. #Motd 10.20 BBC1

A photo posted by Gary Lineker (@garylineker) on