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Has Gary Lineker breached BBC social media rules?

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Dear oh dear. Gary Lineker’s acerbic antics are coming back to bite him. The BBC’s incoming chairman Samir Shah has suggested that the football star did indeed breach the corporation’s social media guidelines this week, after the bullish Beeb pundit took to mocking Tory MPs on Twitter/X.

The future chairman of the BBC told MPs at a select committee that he didn’t think it was ‘helpful’ that Lineker had signed an open letter calling to scrap the government’s Rwanda scheme: ‘It becomes another turn of the wheel of the story about Gary Lineker and the BBC.’ And who isn’t fed up with the Lineker show by now…

Shah’s comments come after the ex-footballer decided to slate ‘four chaps Grant Shapps’, disparagingly offered to ‘put in a word’ for Lee Anderson at Walkers crisps and implied that Jonathan Gullis was illiterate. This, coming from the man who seems unable to understand the meaning of the word ‘impartiality’. With a new gaffer joining the side, talk about an own goal.

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