Gary Lineker made a racist tweet directed at right-wing Tory MPs, according to the organization’s new chairman.
Samir Shah informed a committee of MPs on Wednesday that the appearance of the Match of the Day presenter’s posts appeared to have violated the rules “on the face of it.”
After signing a letter with numerous celebrities calling on the government to abandon its policy of deporting asylum seekers from Rwanda, Mr. Lineker faced criticism.
Defense Secretary Grant Shapps instructed the former England player to “stick to football commentary.” Additionally, Tory MP Jonathan Gullis charged Mr. Lineker with violating BBC policy.
In response, Lineker tweeted three more pictures of the politician with the names Michael Green, Corinne Stockheath, and Sebastian Fox substituted for Mr. Shapps’ name.
“A little rich coming from someone who can’t even stick to one name,” Lineker wrote. Shapps, four men.
Shapps has refuted using the names in the past.
He responded that Mr. Gullis was illiterate and said, “Jonathan hasn’t read the new guidelines. or, perhaps more accurately, had them read aloud to him?”
Additionally, Mr. Shah said that Mr. Lineker’s remarks “seem to breach those guidelines” in a speech to lawmakers before his confirmation as BBC chairman.
If Mr. Shah were the BBC chairman, he would take the following action in response to the question: “I think we have to monitor and see how well guidelines are delivering their purpose.”
He went on to say that if the social media guidelines were accomplishing their goals, he would “interrogate quite forcibly” with Director-General Tim Davie.
Mr. Shah went on, “I do believe we need to find a solution because, whether we are dealing with this specific presenter or not, it doesn’t help anyone and it does damage the BBC’s reputation.
“We need to find a solution to this, and if I were the chair, I would be eager to do so.
The BBC’s reputation matters, and this isn’t helpful.”
“We aren’t going to comment on individuals or indeed individual tweets,” a BBC spokesperson previously stated.
Although the guidelines permit individuals to discuss topics that are important to them, it is also evident that people ought to act civilly and refrain from disparaging the character of others.
“We address any concerns that presenters bring up as needed.”
If Rishi Sunak agreed with Mr. Shah, No. 10 would not say. The press secretary for the prime minister stated: “That would be a matter for the BBC and Ofcom.”
A BBC impartiality controversy centered on Lineker earlier this year after he expressed disapproval of a recently implemented government policy regarding asylum seekers.
The broadcaster asked him to step back from Match of the Day for a short while, but he returned after other pundits boycotted other BBC sports shows in solidarity.
The BBC strengthened its social media policies for employees regarding impartiality and civility as a result of the scandal.