Gary Lineker responded to complaints the BBC’s coverage of Euro 2020 was ‘biased’ towards the England men’s team, who lost to Italy in the final at Wembley.
On Sunday night Gary led the BBC’s output alongside former England footballers Alan Shearer, Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand before the match.
The sport stars chatted about fans watching England matches around the country with Rio stopping off at Boxpark Wembley to lead the crowd in a singalong of Sweet Caroline.
He said: ‘I went there the last time we won. What scenes in there!’
Gary added: ‘Fantastic. We’re all fans of England tonight. I think it’s fair to say we’re gonna be biased and if you don’t like that, well so be it.’
Frank added: ‘Yeah we are. Why shouldn’t we be? What’s become very evident from the outside is, what has grown is the spirit and that’s happened from the outside.’
His comments come after the BBC responded to complaints ‘from people who think our commentators or presenters are biased in favour of England’.
Gary Lineker admitted it was ‘fair to say we’re gonna be biased’ (Picture: BBC)
Frank said: ‘Something special has been happening the last few weeks. This squad has grown, the public the reaction to this squad has grown, Gareth Southgate has led them brilliantly, but now you get to the final where it only matters to win the game and they’re so close. We’re all nervous but we’re so behind this team.
I’ve had the best sleep I’ve had in about two years before this game that’s how confident and comfortable I am. These guys know it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for them. Please enjoy it, please enjoy these moments here.
The broadcaster said in a statement that the team of pundits ‘features a line-up of England, Scotland, and Wales experts’, also including Alex Scott and Jermaine Jenas.
It added that ‘dedicated team coverage will also be provided by home nations experts’, while the line-up of commentators also includes ‘international representation through Juergen Klinnsmann, Cesc Fabregas, Petr Cech and Eric Abidal’.
All in all, the BBC said that it is ‘proud’ of the expertise that it provides on the channel and therefore does not agree that ‘our line-up shows any bias towards any one team’.
The England men’s team initially levelled with Italy 1-1 which didn’t change during extra time, leading to a penalty shoot out that saw them defeated.
Celebrities such as Adele, Amanda Holden and Liam Gallagher have sent messages of support on social media cheering on the team despite the loss.
Meanwhile Gareth Southgate and co’s wait for a major trophy continues.
Credit: Original article published here.