Gary Lineker says he stands by remarks about immigration policy

Match of the Day presenter says he doesn’t fear being suspended by BBC for comparing language used to that in 1930s Germany

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Gary Lineker has said that he stands by his tweets criticising the government’s asylum policy and is not worried about facing suspension from his £1.35m-a-year job at the BBC.

Pressure continues to mount on Lineker, with the culture secretary and two former BBC directors adding to the criticism of the Match of the Day presenter’s comments on social media, in which he likened the language used to set out the government’s immigration plans to “that used by Germany in the 30s”.

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