'Success is getting Gary Lineker back on air' – BBC boss apologises for sport disruption

Gary Lineker arrives at the King Power Stadium to watch Leicester against Chelsea after being removed from that evening's Match of the Day by the BBC.
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BBC boss Tim Davie has apologised for the disruption to the station's sports coverage this weekend following the decision to remove Gary Lineker from Saturday night's Match of the Day programme.

The BBC announced on Friday that Lineker would be "stepping back" from the show after his criticism of the UK government on Twitter earlier in the week.

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Ben Hayward
Weekend editor

Ben Hayward is the Weekend Editor of FourFourTwo. A European football writer and Tottenham Hotspur fan with over 15 years’ experience, he has covered games all over the world - including three World Cups, several Champions League finals, Euros, Copa America - and has spent much of that time in Spain. Ben speaks English and Spanish, currently dividing his time between Barcelona and London, covering all the big talking points of the weekend on FFT: he’s also written several list features and interviewed Guglielmo Vicario for the magazine.