BBC presenter attacks Gary Lineker over tweet about Dominic Cummings for breaking impartiality rules

A BBC presenter has attacked Gary Lineker for ‘breaking impartiality rules’ with a tweet about Dominic Cummings.

Newsreader Simon McCoy pulled up the former England footballer after Lineker tweeted “Please. Stop. Lying.” during Boris Johnson’s press conference last night.

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 Gary Lineker tweeted 'stop lying' during the Downing Street briefing last night given by Boris Johnson

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Gary Lineker tweeted ‘stop lying’ during the Downing Street briefing last night given by Boris JohnsonCredit: Rex Features

 Simon McCoy pulled up the former England football player after Lineker tweeted during the Prime Minister's press conference

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Simon McCoy pulled up the former England football player after Lineker tweeted during the Prime Minister’s press conferenceCredit: BBC

The Prime Minister was last night defending top adviser Dominic Cummings after claims he had broken the coronavirus lockdown.

But Mr McCoy took issue with the BBC Sport presenter’s comment during the Downing Street briefing.

He last night tweeted: “Please. Stop. If you speak for yourself – write a letter. If you’re speaking for BT Sport – up to you.

“But if you are speaking with your BBC hat on – you are abusing a position which puts BBC journalists in an impossible position.”

But leftie luvvie Lineker, 59, hit back, replying: “Check the rules. That only applies to those that work in news and current affairs. I speak for me. No one else. Good day.”

According to the BBC’s impartiality policy, presenters, reporters and correspondents “may not express personal views on such matters publicly, including in any BBC-branded output or on personal blogs and social media.”

A BBC spokesperson today told the Sun Online: “Gary is not involved in any news or political output for the BBC and so his personal views expressed here on social media do not affect the BBC’s impartiality.”

 The tweet that Lineker shared last night

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The tweet that Lineker shared last night

 Simon McCoy hit back on social media at the BBC Sport presenter

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Simon McCoy hit back on social media at the BBC Sport presenter

 Lineker insisted he had not broken the rules

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Lineker insisted he had not broken the rules

Lineker was last year revealed as the BBC’s biggest earners – taking home £1.75m from the corporation in 2018.

Just this month, the pundit apologised to Luke Chadwick for cruel jokes over his looks as a youngster at Manchester United.

Chadwick, 39, admitted gags about his appearance on Lineker’s former BBC show They Think It’s All Over killed his confidence over the weekend.

And it’s not the first time that Lineker has made headlines over his tweets.

The Remainer hit out at Peter Shilton in a Brexit feud in 2018.

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And he was criticised by Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan for branding the Brexit Parliament shutdown “remarkably undemocratic”.

In 2016, Lineker had faced calls from MPs to be sacked from his plum BBC job after backing a charity’s false claim that one older-looking migrant was a Home Office interpreter.

Last year, he moaned he was the BBC’s “whipping boy” as he spoke about cuts to his £1.75m salary.

 Lineker was pulled up by the BBC presenter over impartiality rules

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Lineker was pulled up by the BBC presenter over impartiality rulesCredit: Getty – Contributor


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