Gary Lineker jokes about 'quiet' week in first TV appearance since BBC impartiality row

Match Of The Day host Gary Lineker  (PA Wire)
Match Of The Day host Gary Lineker (PA Wire)

Gary Lineker has joked about having a "quiet" week in his first TV appearance since his impartiality row with the BBC.

The football presenter, 62, said the situation had been “resolved” and that he was looking forward to returning to Match of the Day on Saturday.

In his first television appearance since the row, Lineker told LaLiga TV: “You could say it’s been an interesting week but I’m still here, still punching.”

He added: “It was interesting and also hugely gratifying.

“I had an amazing amount of support from my friends and colleagues which was quite beautiful actually."

The BBC announced last Friday that it was temporarily removing Lineker from presenting duties for posting tweets that breached impartiality guidelines.

Lineker said his suspension was a “disproportionate” punishment but he is relieved it has now been resolved.

He added: "It was totally disproportionate the whole thing but we’re OK. It’s resolved, I’m relieved, I’m back to work tomorrow and all is well with the world."

BBC director general Tim Davie announced that Lineker would be returning on Saturday.

He also apologised for the impartiality row and announced a review of social media guidelines at the broadcaster.

The row was sparked after Lineker attacked the Government’s migration policy - and its plans for those crossing the Channel in small boats.