Alan Shearer has issued a sincere apology to the staff that were impacted by the row which brought BBC’s sport coverage to a standstill last weekend.
After Gary Lineker was stood down from his position as Match of the Day host after his criticism of the Government’s immigration policy, the show was reduced to a 20-minute highlights programme.
A host of other big-name presenters, including Shearer, Alex Scott and Jermaine Jenas stood with Lineker and refused to fill in for the outspoken former player turned presenter.
After crisis talks with the BBC, Lineker was hastily reinstated and was back on screen on Saturday evening, fronting coverage of Manchester City’s FA Cup third round tie against Burnley.
Before the trio began with the task of previewing the game, Shearer took the opportunity to say sorry to the staff who missed out financially after radio, TV and online output was impacted by what was effectively a mass walkout.
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