Gary Lineker pulls out of hosting FA Cup quarter-final Brighton v Grimsby

BBC presenter Gary Lineker will no longer cover Grimsby Town’s FA Cup game against Brighton tonight due to illness.

Lineker will be replaced by Alex Scott on BBC One’s FA Cup coverage after he confirmed on Twitter that he had lost his voice. In a tweet, BBC Sport said: “Due to illness we have a line-up change for today’s live coverage of the Brighton v Grimsby FA Cup on BBC One.

“As viewers may have noticed yesterday, Gary Lineker was struggling with his voice and unfortunately it deteriorated overnight. Alex Scott will host in his place.”


It comes just a week after Lineker was briefly suspended by the BBC for criticizing the government’s illegal immigrants bill. The BBC later backed down from the controversial move, saying he would be allowed to return. There will be an independent review on social media guidelines for freelancers like Lineker.

Lineker returned to the BBC on Saturday night, when he introduced Manchester City’s 6-0 FA Cup win over Burnley at the Etihad.

Lineker’s presence at the City game meant he was unable to present Match of the Day for the second weekend in a row, following last week’s suspension, which inspired a mass strike by many of the presenter’s colleagues.

Eventually an agreement was reached between the BBC and Lineker for him to return to work after lengthy discussions with CEO Tim Davie.


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