Lineker apologises after making ‘bad taste’ joke on Twitter

Date published: Saturday 26th March 2016 11:57

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Gary Lineker has apologised after facing criticism for making a joke about security surrounding the England team in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Brussels.

The former England captain and TV presenter was responding to a Twitter post from a journalist quoting Roy Hodgson saying people were working “very hard” to ensure England’s safety.

The quote from Hodgson read: “We have people around us who work very hard to make sure we are secure.”

Lineker wrote: “I think we all worry about our defence.”

The Match of the Day host’s remark was described by Twitter user @hellsbells06 as “very bad taste” while @anuragnd added “absolutely not called for mate”.

A further tweet from @dk1504 read: “That’s pretty crass Gary” and @paulsputnik branded it “inappropriate”.

The attacks in Brussels earlier this week claimed the lives of 31 people.

A minute’s silence in memory of those who died was held prior to a number of international football matches on Friday.

The Match of the Day host later apologised, tweeting:

 

England face Germany in a friendly in Berlin on Saturday evening before hosting Holland at Wembley on Tuesday.

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    James Marshment
    James Marshment
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    Gary Lineker has apologised after being criticised for making a joke on Twitter about the England team and the terror attacks in Brussels.

    [See the full post at: Gary Lineker apologises after making ‘bad taste’ joke on Twitter]

    #935615
    SensibleS7
    SensibleS7
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    The gag isn’t so bad and let’s be outright, our defence will have to be at their best, but ultimately, all in the wrong context.

    Brussels has just left one big dark cloud on the rest of us and the tragic events are simply saddening.

    #935630

    Oscar Uzoma
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    Gary on twitter all day…thats what you get…

    #935654
    suarezsteeth
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    Let’s be honest here. Lineker is a bit of a dick. Wasn’t it just last month that he made a joke live on air about masturbation? I hope they drop him from MOTD. Can’t stand listening to him at all,or his cronies,Savage,Shearer, Gullit,Ian Wright etc. Get some decent pundits,bring Alan Hansen back,as he was the only one on MOTD who spoke sense in my opinion. And stop giving Lineker positions of power at these award shows,as he obviously can’t handle it. He’s fast becoming a liability. Put him on the scrap heap where he belongs. And Gary,close your Twitter account lad,as you obviously can’t help putting your foot in your mouth. He’s a complete dick

    #935699
    British_Front
    British_Front
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    Well is anyone actually confident with out defense?… always look kinda promising then fall to bits at any tournament, well not just the defense the whole team.

    #935723
    SensibleS7
    SensibleS7
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    S/t, agree with that mate; Lineker has been there far too long and it’s about time to give somebody new a chance.

    Hansen in the early 90s was very good in his analysis and spoke with passion. But it got to a point where a lot of the time, he just seemed ‘bloated’ and as if he didn’t want to be in the studio – some of the time too he became outspoken.

    You’re right though, the show needs one serious facelift!

    #935726
    SensibleS7
    SensibleS7
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    Our defence is at it’s biggest test tonight B/Front; friendly or no friendly.

    #935798
    suarezsteeth
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    Nil,spot on,a facelift is the word mate. Lineker’s suitability for the role should surely come into question after the negative publicity surrounding him of late. The pundits I’ve mentioned above are not really good enough,and it needs looking at. I know I’m gonna look extremely biased now,but I’d keep Danny Murphy and Mark Lawrenson,Robbie Fowler isn’t bad either when I’ve seen him on there,Didi Hamann is a good listen as well. Get Hansen back,and start from there. Tim Sherwood is another turn off for me. He seems to have a high opinion of himself,and given his managerial history,I’d say he’s not as good as he thinks he is frankly. Phil Neville, get rid of. He’s not as good as Gary,and his commentary is awful. Kevin Kilbane is alright,Martin Keown as well. There are some good pundits on there,but some rubbish ones as well. With the end of the season coming up,it could be a perfect opportunity to give the show a revamp,starting with Lineker’s position

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    0r4ng3
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    What happened to you English? Are you turning into idiot pc correct Americans? His joke isn’t bad taste at all, it’s a standard footy joke.
    If you don’t have a sense of humour you shouldn’t call yourself English.

    #935816

    NotoriousBingo
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    people react in different ways to this…

    ST why get rid of all those pundits, I love hearing Owen commentating on Liverpool games, especially the United ones. It was fun hearing him squirm in his seat while Liverpool took control of that Euro tie.

    #935828
    suarezsteeth
    suarezsteeth
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    NB,I just think there must surely be better pundits out there than the shower that are on the TV at present. I get what you’re saying about Owen,but that was just one game. He states the obvious, talks rubbish,and is one of the most boring commentators I’ve ever had the misfortune to listen to. MOTD should get a brand new line up. I’ve actually resorted now to either watching it with the sound off,or recording it and skipping the analysis between matches

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    evratime
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    I don’t really think what he has said is ‘crass’ at all. He’s not making light of what happened in Brussels by any stretch. He’s poking fun at the England team in comparison to a much better side, deflecting from what the manager said. If he mentioned anything to do with what happened in Brussels in a joking manner, then it would be out of order. But he hasn’t.

    Fair play for his apology anyway, but people just love to be offended nowadays, and love to air publicly how offended they are. Like the kind of people that complain about films that are rated 12/15/18 not being suitable for kids, or complain to Ofcom because a TV advert aired at 8pm contains a suggestive double-entendre.

    Pull yourselves together. The world is a horrible place at the best of times. Jokes like Gary’s are the absolute least of anyone’s concerns.

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    redblood
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    ST-his best cronie is without a doubt….Emanuel Adebayor.lol

    #935861
    redblood
    redblood
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    I agree with or4ng3-There is nothing Lineker should apologise for.

    #935957
    theMartial Art
    theMartial Art
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    I cannot imagine anyone being remotely offended by his comment. Some people will not take sense of humour

    #935981
    SensibleS7
    SensibleS7
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    Or4eng, in fairness mate, it’s more to do with the timing, and this week has been trying to identify the lost lives – joking around is out of totally out of the question and particularly when it’s in public domain.

    #935984
    SensibleS7
    SensibleS7
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    S/t, we could do with a nice female presenter to begin with and then go from there; I’m thinking either Lyndsey Hipgrave or one of the lasses from SSN 🙂

    #936011
    Manthistle
    Manthistle
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    Mark Lawrensen? Seriously?

    Nothing wrong with what Linekar said. Some people need to lighten up.

    #936074
    redblood
    redblood
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    evratime-well said it mate,agree completely

    #936080
    SensibleS7
    SensibleS7
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    I actually like Lawro on 5 live.

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