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Gary Lineker dismisses new BBC boss’ warning to stop sharing political views on social media

The Match of the Day star is known for tweeting his political beliefs

Gary Lineker has dismissed new BBC boss Tim Davie’s warning to staff.

The footballer turned sports pundit, 59, doesn’t seem bothered by the reported crackdown on BBC stars sharing political views on social media.

A fan shared a headline which warned Gary that the new BBC head honcho wouldn’t be afraid to fire him.

The user tweeted the star: “Must be a double pants moment for @Gary Lineker.”

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BBC star Gary Lineker is an avid tweeter (Credit: Splash News)

But Gary, who appears to be taking it all in his stride, simply replied: “Nah.”

Gary Lineker known for tweeting political beliefs

Tim Davie gave a speech in which he said BBC staff must remain politically impartial.

Traditionally, BBC correspondents and representatives are not supposed to share their political opinions.

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In his speech, Tim said: “To be clear, this is not about abandoning democratic values such as championing fair debate or an abhorrence of racism.

If you want to be an opinionated columnist or a partisan campaigner on social media then that is a valid choice, but you should not be working at the BBC.

“But it is about being free from political bias, guided by the pursuit of truth, not a particular agenda.

“If you want to be an opinionated columnist or a partisan campaigner on social media then that is a valid choice, but you should not be working at the BBC.”

Gary to welcome a refugee into his home

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Gary is set to welcome a refugee into his home within the next “few weeks” (Credit: Splash News)

The news comes just a day after Gary announced he would be housing a refugee in a “few weeks”.

He has also tweeted asking for empathy among Brits regarding the refugee crisis.

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Gary told The Mirror that he has no apprehensions about welcoming a stranger into his home.

He said: “I have had so much connection with refugees over the last couple of years.

“I have met scores of young ­refugees through football schemes and they are genuinely lovely kids and they appreciate any help they can get.

“I’m sure it will be fine.”

He has also just launched a campaign with Rescue Committee UK. The campaign aims to change Brits’ perceptions about immigrants.

In a video he explains how we have Jewish and French refugees to thank for fish and chips.

He shared the video to his 7.6m followers and said: “I #StandWithRefugees with @GaryLineker & @RESCUE_UK. It’s easier not to talk about this subject due to far-right Twitter’s constant attacks. But we must. Truth must outweigh perception & prejudice.”

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