Gary Lineker shouldn’t share political views on Twitter, say Daily Star readers
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  • Most Daily Star readers disagree with Gary Lineker being allowed to air his political views on Twitter, according to our poll.

    The Match of the Day host caused uproar last week following his social media post comparing the UK's new Illegal Migration Bill to Nazi Germany.

    Many of you responded to our question Should BBC presenter Gary Lineker be allowed to make political comments?

    Most Daily Star readers (312) felt Gary was wrong and should remain impartial, while just 100 applauded him for airing his views.

    In his controversial tweet, the BBC star described the government's new contentious Illegal Migration Bill as 'beyond awful' – later adding: "This is just an immeasurably cruel policy directed at the most vulnerable people in language that is not dissimilar to that used by Germany in the 30s."

    The former England international, 62, also retweeted a telling tweet that took aim at possible double standards from those at the top of the state-funded broadcaster, raising questions about the organisation's much-vaunted neutrality.

    Gary will be back on the BBC this weekend – but his much-anticipated return won’t be made presenting Match of the Day.

    The BBC announced on Monday that Lineker would return after the corporation backed down following a weekend of chaos.

    BBC director general Tim Davie spent the weekend in talks with Lineker in a bid to resolve the situation, which spiralled out of control after his colleagues refused to work in solidarity with him.

    Match of the Day was broadcast as a 20-minute show being without a presenter, pundits or commentary, while Match of the Day 2, the live WSL and 5 Live schedule were also impacted.

    Our story attracted a wealth of comments, here's just a selection:

    Deophamsue posted: "Working for the BBC does cause a conflict of interest as the BBC are supposed to be impartial. Sports and politics shouldn't mix, but unfortunately some people who are paid by the BBC think they can say what they want with no repercussions."

    Some readers supported Gary, however, with Frank D saying "he has a right to his opinion, does he not?"

    Do YOU agree with the poll results? Let us know your thoughts in the comments

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