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The BBC’s Match of the Day is in crisis with no presenters pundits or commentators in the wake of mass walkouts after the BBC took Gary Lineker off air. Lineker, 62, will not present the nation’s flagship football show after the BBC decided his tweet comparing the Home Office’s immigration policy to Nazi Germany breached impartiality rules.But he has been roundly supported by colleagues, with co-hosts Ian Wright and Alan Shearer staging a walkout in solidarity – forcing the BBC to streamline the show. The BBC confirmed it was unable to find a presenter to fill in the vacant role, while The Times’ Matt Lawton tweeted regular commentators may also boycott the show as talks take place with union reps. There is currently doubt over whether player interviews are even feasible in tomorrow’s how.If this were to happen, the show could be forced to rely on a string of less well known anchors plucked from the BBC world service. Regular Match of the Day commentator Steve Wilson said he and other talking heads have vowed not to participate in tomorrow’s program. Regular Match of the Day commentator Steve Wilson said he and other talking heads have vowed not to participate in tomorrow’s program, which has been boycotted by nearly all of its regular stars It is understood regular commentators may also boycott the show – while talks take place with union reps Fellow football pundit Ian Wright today tweeted that he would also shun presenting Match of the Day while the ban is in place, expressing ‘solidarity’ with his co-host Alan Shearer is the latest withdrawal from Match of the Day, tweeting this evening: ‘I have informed the BBC that I won’t be appearing on MOTD tomorrow night’Meanwhile, the BBC reports that even some current players are contemplating joining the boycott by refusing to speak to BBC journalists at matches tomorrow out of solidarity. Announcing the changes to this week’s show, a spokesperson said: ‘Some of our pundits have said that they don’t wish to appear on the programme while we seek to resolve the situation with Gary.’We understand their position and we have decided that the programme will focus on match action without studio presentation or punditry.’A source close to the Match of the Day program also told MailOnline that even the production team ‘is considering walking in support of Gary Lineker and have contacted their union’ however they are cautious to go ahead, because as there has ‘been no ballot action, they won’t be protected by law.’The decision to streamline the programme was taken after fellow football pundit Ian Wright sparked a mutiny by  announcing that he would shun presenting Match of the Day while the ban is in place, expressing ‘solidarity’ with his co-host.  Match of the Day’s decision to take Gary Lineker (left) off air over his comments about the Government has led to a walkout from fellow hosts Alan Shearer (centre) and Ian Wright (right)Alan Shearer then said he would follow suit, tweeting this evening: ‘I have informed the BBC that I won’t be appearing on MOTD tomorrow night.’Alex Scott has also ruled herself out of tomorrow’s show, sharing a meme with the word ‘nah’, while Bookies’ former favourite Jermaine Jenas has also confirmed he won’t host leaving the BBC with a host of frontline talent effectively on strike. The pundits’ choices were commended by many including Match Of The Day pundit and former Manchester City defender Micah Richards also backed Wright and Shearer’s decision to boycott the BBC show on Saturday.”I was not due to be working on MOTD tomorrow, but if I was, I would find myself taking the same decision that @IanWright0 & @alanshearer have,” he tweeted.Broadcaster Piers Morgan, a friend of Lineker’s, also tweeted his disgust, branding the BBC’s decision ‘pathetically spineless’.Morgan added: ‘I now demand the BBC suspend every presenter who has made public comment about news or current affairs – starting with Sir David Attenborough and Lord Sugar.’Channel 5 News presenter Dan Walker earlier said on air that Lineker told him ‘they’ve [the BBC] told me I have to step back’.Speaking on Channel 5 News, Walker said: ‘It’s one of those strange situations where I’m actually texting the man himself (Lineker) at the moment.’And I have asked Gary Lineker the question about whether he is stepping back or whether the BBC have told him to step back and I’ve told him that if he responds to me that I will read out that text on air.’There’s one word in there I can’t use, but he has said ‘No, they’ve told me I have to step back’. Alex Scott has also ruled herself out of tomorrow’s show, sharing a meme with the word ‘nah’ Many prominent figures have condemned the BBC’s move – even Gary Lineker’s own son George   Gary Lineker will step back from presenting Match of the Day pending further discussions with his bosses, the BBC announced today. He’s seen outside his London home this morning  Channel 5 News presenter Dan Walker said Gary Lineker has told him ‘they’ve [the BBC] told me I have to step back’ The Match of the Day host accused ministers of using ‘language that is not dissimilar to that used by Germany in the 1930s”So Gary Lineker wants to continue to present Match Of The Day and is not apologising for what he’s said but he’s said it’s a BBC decision to force him to not present the programme at the moment.’Lineker’s son George tweeted mischievously: ‘RIP MOTD tomorrow.’BBC bosses had told Lineker either to stop his politicised posts or give up working for the corporation.Last night a senior source said: ‘It’s now up to Lineker – he needs to choose.’ Another well-placed insider described the presenters’ mutiny as a ‘proper BBC crisis’.However the decision has been welcomed by some, with former Tory leader William Hague said it was ‘appropriate’ for Gary Lineker to step back from hosting Match Of The Day.’He broke the guidelines I think of the BBC with comments that are highly politicised, which BBC presenters are not meant to do. So that’s against the rules and we’ve got to do something about that, otherwise every presenter can do so on every programme,’ he told Times Radio.’I think it is appropriate for him to step back.’Lord Hague added ‘I don’t know if you can separate’ Lineker’s personal social media and role as a BBC presenter.The BBC said Lineker would ‘step back’ from presenting the programme until he and his bosses had reached an ‘agreed and clear position’ on his use of social media.The BBC’s highest paid star sparked a huge political row this week after comparing the language used to launch a new government crackdown on migrants arriving across the Channel in small boats to 1930s Germany. Elsewhere, members of the public who support Lineker will likely view his ban as a sign that the BBC is acting ‘at the Government’s behest’, the BBC’s former controller of editorial policy said.Richard Ayre, who also served as a member of Ofcom’s content board, told BBC Radio 4’s Today PM programme this afternoon that the BBC had ‘no choice’ but to take action against Lineker after his tweets criticising the Government’s asylum policy.He said: ‘I think it was inevitable.”He [Lineker] has the letters BBC written across his forehead and yet he’s plunged right into the most controversial story of the day.”The fact is this was an immediate issue which Tim Davie, the Director General, couldn’t sit on over the weekend, he had to solve it this week. He’s clearly tried to solve it and reach an agreement with Gary Lineker, they’ve failed, so this has been the BBC decision. Whether this story moves on depends on what Gary Lineker says himself in the next few hours.”It’s inevitable now that having in effect not sacked him but removed him temporarily at least, the BBC will not come under a torrent of criticism saying it’s acting under the Government’s behest.’Former BBC Newsnight host Emily Maitlis, who was herself reprimanded by the BBC for sharing a tweet the corporation viewed as ‘controversial’, said her former employer could face a ‘much, much bigger battle’ after its Gary Lineker decision.’I’m not sure when they suggested to Gary Lineker he step back from (Match Of The Day) the BBC realised it might be starting a much much bigger battle,’ she tweeted.Former BBC executive Richard Sambrook said there is ‘a lot of confusion’ around whether…

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