He is the hero this game needs: Gary Lineker, former football striker, now a BBC football presenter. If he were in the next Batman movie, Batman would be the bad guy.

His latest act: On Twitter, he criticized the British government's draft law – denying refugees arriving by boat on the British coast the right to have an asylum application examined – and wrote that the language "is not unlike that used in Germany in the thirties".

On the microphone for the BBC

The BBC, which this winter could boast of how critical Lineker on air was about human rights violations in the World Cup country Qatar, suspended him because of an opinion piece he had published off-air. In the new language of football, one would probably say: tipping or asymmetrical morality.

At the end of this disproportionate debate, it was Gary Lineker who restored proportionality when he tweeted: No matter how difficult the past few days have been, it is simply not comparable to having to flee one's homeland because of persecution or war. In the old language of football, one would probably say: direct hit.