‘Not impressed with their mean p**s’: Match Today host Gary Lineker has been accused of mocking football fans fuming over the loss of BBC classified football results
- The BBC has put an end to the much-loved segment of its Radio 5 Live program Sports Report
- Today’s match started with an overview of last week’s Premier League results
- Gary Lineker has been accused of taunting fans over the results show loss
Match of the Day host Gary Lineker was last night accused of mocking football fans angry at the BBC’s decision to drop its Saturday Night Football results on Radio 5 Live.
And as if to rub the critics’ noses in the dirt, Match of the Day started last night with last week’s Premier League results.
A grinning Lineker smiled: “Just in case you couldn’t find the scores anywhere else last week.”
Match of the Day host Gary Lineker kicked off last night’s show with last week’s results
One fan tweeted: “Not impressed with their measly p*** taking results.”
Another accused Lineker of ‘complete arrogance’.
The BBC issued a response to fans asking them to reinstate the classified football results on its flagship Sports Report radio program last week.
On Sunday night, Sportsmail revealed that the broadcaster had unceremoniously left the long-running British institution on Saturday at 5pm, beloved by generations.
Following backlash from company legends such as Des Lynam, John Motson, Mark Lawrenson and more, the BBC has released a statement to suggest “there are good reasons for the change”.
The BBC is facing a backlash after suspending the reading of its classified football results
The statement read: ‘We appreciate the strength of feeling towards the classified football results in Sports Report. It’s always difficult when a program with a special history changes, but there are good reasons for the change.
“With the addition of the 5.30pm live Premier League match to our coverage, Sports Report has been compressed into a shorter program – cut from 1 hour to 25 minutes. The classifieds took around 5-7 minutes to read, which would have taken up around a third of the program – limiting the range of sports we could cover.
“We would like to reassure our listeners that results from all football leagues will continue to be shared during the program and throughout the afternoon.
The results are also available in full on the BBC Sport website and under Final Score on BBC One. Having a live match at 5.30 is a great addition to the 5 Live schedule.’
They have since released a statement suggesting “there are good reasons for the change”
BBC insiders revealed there was no consultation with bewildered staff, who have privately questioned the move.
In a statement to this newspaper, the broadcaster claimed the decision was made because the Sports Report had been compressed following the addition of the Premier League match at 5.30pm.
They added that a comprehensive goal service was provided “on air, on the BBC Sport website and Final Score on BBC One”.
Motson, 77, who spent 50 years with the BBC before retiring in 2018, replied: “I am very disappointed. I have been a fan of Sports Report for 60 years and I will miss the classifieds very deeply.’
Lawrenson, 65, a former Match of the Day regular, added: “I worked for the BBC for 25 years and I love it. I get it too, or at least I thought I did. Certain things should be sacred, and this is one of them.