Gary Lineker apologises for insensitive terrorism pun

Gary Lineker has apologised for his controversial tweet which was perceived to have made light of the Brussels terrorist attacks.

The BBC Match of the Day presenter came under fire for a joke he tweeted which likened the England national football team's defensive capabilities to that of the anti-terrorist defence measures taken to secure the Germany vs England game in Berlin last night (26 March).

On Friday (25 March) the 55 year-old retweeted a quote from England manager Roy Hodgson which said "We have people around us who work very hard to make sure we are secure", in reference to terrorism fears surrounding the match.

In a pun about the team's defensive adeptness Lineker wrote: " I think we all worry about our defence.”

The tweet was met with widespread criticism with his followers responding with comments such as: " Not really something to make jokes about.”

The former England international addressed the controversy, deleting a tweet and posting: “Apologies for my tweet about England's defence. It was not intended to be disrespectful or in the context it's been taken. Sorry my mistake.”

Join us, it's free.

Become a member to get access to:

  • Exclusive Content
  • Daily and specialised newsletters
  • Research and analysis

Join us, it’s free.

Want to read this article and others just like it? All you need to do is become a member of The Drum. Basic membership is quick, free and you will be able to receive daily news updates.