Gary Lineker challenges Elon Musk over abusive message sent to son during BBC row | UK News

Gary Lineker has challenged Twitter boss Elon Musk over a threatening message sent to his son in the wake of the TV presenter’s row with the BBC.

The Match Of The Day host – who was reinstated on Monday – tweeted a screenshot of a private message sent by a user describing his son, George, as a “mug” who was to be “burned at the stake” for defending his father.

Lineker wrote with the image: “Is @Twitter @elonmusk acceptable? And I don’t mean grammar.”

The Match of the Day presenter, 62, has been suspended by the BBC for his tweets criticizing the government’s migration policy.

It has now agreed to allow the former England footballer to return to the air this weekend, with BBC director general Tim Davie denying it was a downsizing by the company.

An independent review will look into its guidelines on social media usage.

Lineker resumed tweeting about the plight of refugees, writing, “As difficult as the past few days have been, it simply doesn’t compare to having to flee home from persecution or war to seek refuge in a distant land.”


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