Match of the Day shortened, silenced in wake of Lineker row

THE BBC’s flagship football highlights show Match of the Day was cut short yesterday as pundits and commentators pulled out after presenter Gary Lineker was taken off air by the corporation.

Lineker was told to “step back” from the role he has held since 1999 on Friday after an impartiality row broke out over the former England striker’s comparison of the UK government’s rhetoric in tackling illegal immigration to Nazi-era Germany.