After Gary Lineker’s suspension, co-hosts show solidarity with him as BBC’s Match of the Day to air without pundits or presenters

Premier League Match of the Day will be broadcast without presenters this weekend, after the main host, Gary Lineker, was suspended from the BBC for breaching impartiality guidelines.

Lineker had criticised the government’s asylum policies.

In a dramatic escalation of events, BBC took the decision to remove its highest-paid presenter from its flagship football show after he was criticised by Tory MPs and rightwing media.

His suspension immediately led to displays of solidarity from Lineker’s co-hosts Ian Wright and Alan Shearer, who announced that they would not be turning up to present Saturday’s show.

Unable to find willing replacements, the BBC took announced that the Premier League highlights programme would go ahead without any hosts or studio presentation. It will feature only match footage.

On Friday, commentator Steve Wilson tweeted that the show’s commentary team had decided to pull out of the programme. “As commentators on MOTD, we have decided to step down from tomorrow night’s broadcast,” he said. “We are comforted that football fans who want to watch their teams should still be able to do so, as management can use World Feed commentary if they wish.”

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