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Ari Lineker’s son has said he thinks the sports presenter will return to Match of the Day – but he “won’t back down from his word”, according to reports.

In an interview with The Sunday Mirror, the former England player’s eldest son George claimed his father was “a bit let down” by the BBC asking him to step back from hosting Saturday’s Match of the Day (MOTD) was, as they compared the language used. In a tweet, a new government asylum seeker policy started with Germany of the 1930s.

However, he added that Lineker had been “overwhelmed by the support” of fellow pundits who had withdrawn from various BBC sports shows in solidarity with him, most notably his MotD co-presenters Ian Wright and Alan Shearer.

George Lineker told The Sunday Mirror: “Dad is a good man, a good man and I’m proud of him for standing his ground. That’s why he was thrown out of the show – because he wouldn’t apologise. But He will always raise voice for those who have no voice.

“He is passionate about helping refugee charities – he took in two refugees who he is still in touch with and is trying to help.

“It means a lot to her to stand up for those whose only hope is to survive a country with only the clothes on their backs. That’s why he’s been so determined.

“Will he go back to Match of the Day? I think so – he likes Match of the Day. But he will never go back on his word.”

Saturday’s Match of the Day only aired for 20 minutes and did not include pundits’ commentary or analysis or even its famous theme tune – instead only short highlight clips of the day’s matches were broadcast.

Before the show began, a continuity announcer said: “Now on BBC One, we’re sorry we’re unable to show our usual match of the day, including commentary, tonight. But here’s the best action from today’s Premier League matches “

Several of the broadcaster’s other football shows were pulled at the last minute on Saturday as more presenters and reporters were withdrawn, with neither the football focus nor final scores broadcast – while 5 Live’s radio coverage was radically altered throughout the day. given.

The Director-General of the BBC apologized for the disruption caused to the broadcaster’s sports programming, but confirmed he would not resign over Lineker’s fairness row.

Tim Davey told BBC News in Washington, DC on Saturday: “I’m very sorry for today’s disruption. It’s been a tough day and I’m sorry viewers were affected and didn’t get programming.

“As an avid sports fan, I know like everyone else that missing the programming is a real blow and I am sorry for that.

“We are working very hard to resolve the situation and ensure that we get the output back on the air.”

The director-general said he would not go into too much detail about the discussions, but “everybody wants to resolve the situation peacefully”.

“I would say Gary Lineker is a fantastic broadcaster. He’s the best in the business, that’s not up for debate,” he said.

“To be clear, success to me is: Gary is back on the air and together we are giving viewers world-class sports coverage that, as I say, I’m sorry we weren’t able to deliver today.”

Mr Davey also said he did not think it was about “left or right” politics, but about the corporation’s ability to balance free speech and fairness: “We are fierce champions of democratic debate, free speech. But with that comes the need to create a fair organization.

Asked whether he would resign because “there are too many people in the UK who don’t trust you”, Mr Davey said: “Absolutely not.

“I feel my job is to serve license fee payers and deliver a BBC that is focused on truly world-class, unbiased landmark output – and I look forward to resolving this position and look forward to delivering Am.”

A Snap YouGov poll said 53% of the British public believed the BBC was wrong to suspend Lineker from Match of the Day following his comments on the government’s asylum policy.

The data also found 27% thought the broadcaster was right to suspend him – while 20% didn’t know.

On Saturday, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said in a statement that the row surrounding Lineker and the BBC was “a matter for him, not the government”, as he acknowledged that “not everyone will always agree” with his new asylum policy. “.

Mr Davey was also asked by the BBC’s Nomia Iqbal about BBC chairman Richard Sharp, who has faced growing calls to resign from his post because of helping Boris Johnson secure an £800,000 loan facility .

Reflecting on why Mr Sharpe still had the job, he said: “I have a lot of responsibilities in this job for thousands of people, in terms of chair, one thing I don’t do is appoint as chair .

“The way the board is hired and that role editorially is a different thing to me running the BBC, making those decisions, trying to be fair and get a BBC that’s really fair.”

The broadcaster’s Sunday sports programming remains on the air with Match of the Day 2, with football pundit Jermain Defoe announcing he will not appear.

The former England striker tweeted on Saturday: “It’s always a privilege to work with the BBC Motd. But yesterday I’ve made the decision to step down from my punditry duties. @GaryLineker.

Further doubts were cast as sports broadcaster Mark Chapman, who was due to host Match of the Day 2, did not appear for BBC Radio 5 Live Sport on Saturday.

Gabby Logan is also due to host live coverage from 2.15pm as Scotland play Ireland at Murrayfield for Six Nations rugby.

The Welsh presenter has yet to comment on whether she will be presenting the show.

The Women’s Football Show is also due to air for more than 40 minutes from 11.45pm, but this could also be affected by the BBC airing “limited sports programming” this weekend.