Gary Lineker wades into migrant row AGAIN as he reacts to Suella Braverman speech

​Gary Lineker and Suella Braverman

Gary Lineker criticised comments made by Suella Braverman

Dan Falvey

By Dan Falvey

Published: 27/09/2023

- 18:19

Updated: 27/09/2023

- 18:29

The latest attack is the latest of a number of interventions on the issue by the BBC employee

Gary Lineker has again waded into a row over the Government's migration policy, appearing to swipe at Suella Braverman's plans for asylum reform.

The Home Secretary has warned that some of those seeking to remain in Britain pretend to be gay in order to “game the system” and to get “special treatment”.

She argued that discrimination for being gay or for being a woman should not be enough to qualify for international refugee protection.

Her comments came after she gave a speech in New York questioning the application of the UN’s 1951 Refugee Convention and whether it was still fit for purpose.

WATCH: BBC's Tim Davie on Lineker's past tweets

This afternoon, Lineker gave his assessment of Braverman's criticism of the system.

Attacking her comments he said on social media: "How could you possibly know if they are gay or they are not gay?"


He added: "She can’t possibly know that they are lying, therefore she’s being disingenuous at best."

The BBC star's latest remarks come after he was warned about his social media conduct by the broadcaster earlier this year.

In March the Match of the Day host was forced to step back from presenting duties while the BBC investigated comments made by their employee.

Lineker had taken to social media to criticise Braverman for her language when talking about asylum seekers, accusing her of mimicking the messaging used by the Nazis in the 1930s.

\u200bSuella Braverman

Suella Braverman gave a speech on asylum in the US yesterday


Since then the BBC has announced it is reviewing its social media guidelines to determine whether they need to change.

It aims to ensure there is no uncertainty about what was expected of presenters when posting on social media.

BBC Director-General Tim Davie says: “The BBC has important commitments to both impartiality and to freedom of expression.

"We also have a commitment to those working with us, and for us, to be clear in what we expect from them.

"The social media guidance is crucial to achieving this, particularly in a fast-paced, ever- changing world of digital media.

“This review will ensure this guidance is clear, proportionate and appropriate - now and in the future.”

Reports have previously suggested that Lineker has a special agreement with the corporation which allows him to comment on specific issues, including on migration.

GB News has contacted the BBC for comment.

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