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Football Terrorism Match of the Day

Gary Lineker apologises for insensitive terrorism pun

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By Tony Connelly, Sports Marketing Reporter

March 27, 2016 | 2 min read

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

Gary Lineker

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.”

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