Lineker doubles down on ‘racist s**t’ remark and opens up on political views

Gary Lineker insists he stands by his "racist s**t" comment which sparked controversy on Twitter.

In October 2016, Lineker called out the treatment of Syrian refugees in Britain, branding it racist.

His comments caused a storm, with Conservative MPs, along with Tommy Robinson and his supporters, taking issue with what he said.

Some even called for the BBC to sack him.

Lineker's tweet read: "The treatment by some towards these young refugees is hideously racist and utterly heartless. What's happening to our country?"

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Opening up on the backlash, Lineker insists that he does not regret the comment – and stands by what he said.

And now, he continues to tweet his opinions on politics, despite some of the responses he received.

In an interview with the Daily Mail , Lineker said: "I'm not party political, I'm your typical floating voter. I've voted for all of them at some point and I don't mind admitting it.

"I'm not a socialist but I'm probably left of the centre. Not left wing. I'm like I was as a player. Much happier in the middle.

"I get bashed from both sides lately because I wasn't a fan of Jeremy Corbyn and then I'd reference that and — whoosh.

"My dad was a proper Tory. Loved Thatcher. Small businessman. It's where life takes you, I suppose. I've always been fairly empathetic.

"What I said about refugees, there were some awful pieces comparing them to cockroaches and stuff, and I thought, 'Hang on, this is xenophobia. This is just racist s**t'. Maybe I worded it aggressively, but that's how I felt.

"And then everyone went for me, I was front page, and I was really surprised by it.

"These poor people, their country's been bombed to bits and they've had to flee and their kids are on boats and people are falling overboard and drowning and you're having a go at me for having sympathy towards them?

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"It's just messed up. You might have an issue about not letting everyone in because of jobs and I get that, but to have no empathy with people who are drowning?

"The whole world needs to come together and look after each other, and take their fair share because they're human like us.

"And I would have done exactly the same if I'd had 350 followers or 7.5million."

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