One of the biggest stories to emerge in the papers today sees Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker receive an attack from the press after comments he made supporting migrants within the British Isles, as the post-Brexit debate took another big turn.
Lineker, an England legend and former star for a wealth of top clubs in European football, saw the most brutal attack on his beliefs come from The Sun – who described the famed football presenter as a ‘leftie luvvie’ and accused him of spreading lies about an Afghan migrant.
The country has been rocked since the summer EU Referendum in the United Kingdom saw the population vote to approve an exit from the European Union, and today’s stories are the first indication of football being affected by the decision.
For now, though, the debate revolves around Lineker’s comments and the calls for the BBC to sack him but it’s fair to say Twitter has been pretty unanimous in its support for the crisp-loving TV icon.
What we're witnessing in coverage of Lily Allen and Gary Lineker is an attempt to make compassion towards refugees socially unacceptable
— Ian Dunt (@IanDunt) October 21, 2016
Defends: Katie Hopkins saying refugees should be gunned down
Attacks: Gary Lineker saying refugees should be saved#DontBuyTheSun
— Fuad Alakbarov (@DrAlakbarov) October 21, 2016
Slightly overwhelmed by the support on here today to be honest. Thank you.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 21, 2016
Gary Lineker is free to come up to Scotland, talk football and sell Space Raiders. We like folk who show compassion for refugees.
— Angry Salmond (@AngrySalmond) October 21, 2016
The Sun ???? has no weight in getting Lineker fired from the BBC. He tweets his own views, it's nothing to do with his profession #factfriday
— Paula☮ (@T_skll) October 21, 2016
Well done Gary Lineker.
— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarrett) October 21, 2016
— Bradley Cates (@Bradley_Cates) October 20, 2016
I work for BBC payroll and I just added an extra zero to Gary Lineker's paycheque because I like his politics.
— hrtbps (@hrtbps) October 20, 2016
I admire Gary Lineker for having the balls to say what he thinks knowing full well it'd get some people worked up. Kudos to the man.
— Luke Foley (@LukeAFoley) October 21, 2016
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 21, 2016