Gary Lineker is a legend of English football, considered one of the strongest strikers in the history of the Premier League. A longtime commentator on popular sports programmes on the BBC, he now faces dismissal for tying the Conservative government's migrant policy with Nazism.

Lineker said the language in which the migrant plan was laid out "was not dissimilar to that used by Germany in the '30s."

The BBC has said that the guidelines governing it are very strict in particular with respect to the impartiality of journalists, and has called on Lineker to assume his responsibilities.

Interior Minister Suella Braverman said she was "disappointed" by the host's comments.

What measures has Lineker criticized so harshly?

On Tuesday, the government outlined plans to stop illegal immigration. Under the new measures, anyone caught trying to enter through illegal routes will be sent back and will be denied any possibility of applying for British citizenship in the future.

Attempts to cross the Channel illegally rose from around 300 in 2018 to more than 45,000 in 2022.

The former English striker, now 62, has an external contract with the BBC for a million and a half pounds a year and risks not having it renewed or even severed.

Lineker has often spoken out in favor of human rights, for example he has been very harsh on the World Cup in Qatar and has repeatedly invited gay football players to come out.


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