Who is refusing to go on Match of the Day?

Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer, Micah Richards and Danny Mills on commentary duty for the FA Cup semi-final between Manchester City and Liverpool in April 2022.
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A number of high-profile pundits have shown solidarity with Gary Lineker after the former England striker was removed from hosting this Saturday's edition of Match of the Day following his criticism of UK government policy on Twitter.

Lineker tweeted his support for refugees this week, saying that the government's latest policy was "beyond awful" and "Immeasurably cruel", going on to add that the language employed was "not dissimilar to that used by Germany in the 30s".

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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.