Gary Lineker has returned to work at the BBC after the corporation apologised for their treatment of the football presenter.
Lineker was made to step back from presenting Match of the Day on Saturday following an impartiality row over comments he made about the government’s asylum policy.
The move plunged BBC Sport into chaos, with several of Lineker’s colleagues pulling out from their own roles in a show of solidarity, leaving parts of the BBC’s football coverage decimated over the weekend.
But with Lineker now cleared to return following a spell on the subs bench, will he be presenting Match of the Day tonight?
Will Gary Lineker be back on Match of the Day tonight?
Despite resolving the situation with the BBC, Lineker will not present Match of the Day on Saturday (March 18).
This is because, as planned all along, Lineker will instead be hosting the FA Cup quarter-final between Manchester City and Burnley on BBC One from 5.25pm.
Instead Mark Chapman, who pulled out from presenting BBC Radio 5 Live on Saturday afternoon and Match of the Day 2 on Sunday evening, will front Match of the Day at the weekend.
In a series of Tweets on Monday, Lineker said: ‘After a surreal few days, I’m delighted that we have navigated a way through this.
‘I want to thank you all for the incredible support, particularly my colleagues at BBC Sport, for the remarkable show of solidarity. Football is a team game but their backing was overwhelming.
‘I have been presenting sport on the BBC for almost 3 decades and am immeasurably proud to work with the best and fairest broadcaster in the world.’
Tim Davie, BBC director general, added: ‘Gary is a valued part of the BBC and I know how much the BBC means to Gary, and I look forward to him presenting our coverage this coming weekend.’
Will Match of the Day feature commentary and pundits on Saturday?
Saturday’s episode will return to the usual format of commentary and pundit analysis in the studio.
Last week’s edition was reduced to 20 minutes with games broadcast in silence as commentators walked out in solidarity with Lineker.
Likewise, Alan Shearer and Ian Wright pulled out of punditry duty to show support to their friend and long-term colleague.
The iconic theme music will also make a welcome return having been stripped from last weekend’s programme.
What time is Match of the Day on and which games will feature?
Match of the Day will start at 10.30pm this coming Saturday.
The show will feature highlights from Saturday’s five Premier League games; Brentford vs Leicester, Southampton vs Tottenham, Aston Villa vs Bournemouth, Wolves vs Leeds and Chelsea vs Everton.
There will also be highlights from Friday night’s game, Nottingham Forest vs Newcastle.
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