Gary Lineker: Fatboy Slim shows support for the Match of the Day presenter, who was met with loud cheers in Manchester amid BBC rows
Fatboy Slim has shown its support for game of the day Host Gary Lineker during a live performance.
The presenter is embroiled in a dispute over impartiality after comparing the language used to introduce a new government asylum policy to 1930s Germany on Twitter.
On Friday (10 March) the BBC announced that Lineker would be taking a break from presenting the highlights program until an “consensual and clear position” on its use of social media was reached.
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DJ Fatboy Slim – real name Norman Cook – performed at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester later on Friday when he announced his support for Lineker.
During his set, the BBC football pundit’s face appeared on-screen and Cook turned to applaud Lineker, prompting cheers from the crowd.
Other faces, including Prince and Greta Thunberg, were part of the show.
Sharing the clip on Instagram, Cook wrote, “Enough respect #imwithgary.”
“Enough respect #ImWithGary,” said the DJ, whose real name is Norman Quentin Cook, sharing the video on Twitter.
Lineker’s son, George Lineker, retweeted the video and wrote, “This is so elitist.”
Lineker’s original tweet came in response to a Home Office video in which Home Secretary Suella Braverman revealed plans to block people from crossing the English Channel on small boats.
After being asked to “step down” from his presenting position. game of the day On Saturday (March 11) his co-hosts and former England footballers Alan Shearer and Ian Wright withdrew from the show out of “solidarity”.
Micah Richards, Jermaine Jenas and Alex Scott also ruled out appearing on the show, meaning this Saturday’s episode will have no presenters or pundits.
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