Gary Lineker attacked over tweet about Dominic Cummings by BBC presenter for breaking impartiality rules – The Sun

A BBC presenter has attacked Gary Lineker for 'breaking impartiality rules' with a tweet about Dominic Cummings.

Simon McCoy pulled up the former England rugby player after Lineker tweeted "Please. Stop. Lying." during Boris Johnson's press conference last night.

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The Prime Minister was last night defending top adviser Dominic Cummings after claims he had broken the coronavirus lockdown.

But newsreader Mr McCoy took issue with the BBC Sport presenter's comment during the Downing Street briefing.

He last night tweeted: "Please. Stop. If you speak for yourself – write a letter. If you’re speaking for BT Sport – up to you.

"But if you are speaking with your BBC hat on – you are abusing a position which puts BBC journalists in an impossible position."

But leftie luvvie Lineker, 59, hit back, replying: "Check the rules. That only applies to those that work in news and current affairs. I speak for me. No one else. Good day."

According to the BBC's impartiality policy, presenters, reporters and correspondents "may not express personal views on such matters publicly, including in any BBC-branded output or on personal blogs and social media."



Lineker was last year revealed as the BBC's biggest earners – taking home £1.75m from the corporation in 2018.

Just this month, the pundit apologised to Luke Chadwick for their cruel jokes over his looks as a youngster at Manchester United.

Chadwick, 39, admitted gags about his appearance on BBC show They Think It's All Over killed his confidence over the weekend.

And it's not the first time that Lineker has made headlines over his tweets.

The Remainer hit out at Peter Shilton in a Brexit feud in 2018.

And he was criticised by Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan for branding the Brexit Parliament shutdown "remarkably undemocratic".

In 2016, Lineker had faced calls from MPs to be sacked from his plum BBC job after backing a charity’s false claim that one older-looking migrant was a Home Office interpreter.

Last year, he moaned he was the BBC's "whipping boy" as he spoke about cuts to his £1.75m salary.

The BBC has been contacted for comment.

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