Players and managers will not be interviewed on Match of the Day following a Premier League request as show of solidarity for axed presenter Gary Lineker continues ahead of crisis-hit show
Match of the Day will not interview any managers or players on Saturday as mass boycotts in solidarity with Gary Lineker continue to disrupt the nations’ flagship football show.
Lineker, 62, was temporarily dropped as Match of the Day’s presenter on Friday after the BBC decreed his ‘Nazi’ jibe tweet that compared the Home Office’s immigration policy to 1930s Germany breached impartiality rules.
Match of the Day regulars Ian Wright and Alan Shearer quickly stepped down from their punditry roles in support of Lineker, prompting mass walkouts from fellow pundits, commentators and even players.
Alex Scott, Jermaine Jenas, Mark Chapman and Micah Richards followed their colleagues’ example on Friday evening, handing Match of the Day its worst disruption in the programme’s 59-year history.
A well-placed insider described the presenters’ mutiny as a ‘proper BBC crisis’.
Match of the Day will reportedly not interview managers such as Jurgen Klopp on Saturday
The BBC programme is in ‘crisis’ with no presenters, pundits or commentators for the first time in its history after the corporation’s decision to boot Gary Lineker off air led to mass walkouts
Gary Lineker was told that he either had to stop his politicised posts or quit the BBC altogether
Ian Wright and Alan Shearer took to social media to confirm they were boycotting the show
The Premier League has now informed all 12 clubs playing on Saturday that Match of the Day will not request post-match interviews with managers or players.
Sportsmail revealed on Friday evening that managers and players were considering joining the boycott in solidarity with Lineker, and the programme’s organisers have subsequently cut their losses by choosing not to hold any post-match interviews.
This means the likes of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola and Chelsea head coach Graham Potter will not deliver their thoughts on Match of the Day.
Sportsmail understands that their absence only applies to television duties and that manager appearances on radio shows such as BBC 5 Live will continue as usual.
More to follow.