Sunday, 29 April 2012

BBC and Lineker sink to new lows


The behaviour of Stoke fans was bad enough yesterday in itself.  Aaron Ramsey was abused by a majority of brainless Stoke fans for daring to have his leg broken by the aggressive Ryan Shawcross' reckless tackling, while Arsene Wenger was abused by the Stoke fans in that classless manner that is sometimes tinged with a rather significant dose of xenophobia.

The coverage of events on the BBC's Match of the Day was biased and offensive.  They largely ignored the shameful abuse dished out to Ramsey and made a joke of Arsene Wenger being abused by Stoke fans.  Then at the end of the program, Gary Lineker did his Arsene Wenger 'impression'.

I have to say, words almost fail me, it was childish, offensive and utterly pathetic from a grown man who really should know a lot better.   There was also a rather unpleasant streak of xenophobia running through Lineker's mocking of Arsene Wenger.  It is a disgrace that a public sector broadcaster such as the BBC, which is meant to be impartial, should cover events in such a partisan fashion and allow a presenter to mock a manager in such a fashion.

It was a new low for Lineker and the BBC in my opinion.  I have complained and would urge everyone else to do the same, make sure you mention the failure to cover the Ramsey abuse and Lineker's offensive 'impression'.  Lineker should lose his job for this, no impartial presenter should behave in such a deplorable manner, it was utterly shameful.

                                          Complain to the BBC LINK



110 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well said, i watched and thought similar, the man is a disgrace and should be sacked!

Anonymous said...

hmmm... isn't Linekar the one who complained about the school his school attends, saying that the school failed to prepare his son properly for the university entrance exams? Inasmuch as IQ is something that is to a large degree inherited, maybe Linekar should take a long look in the mirror to see who is to blame. He may have been a good striker, perhaps even great, ... but what an absolute idiot. And somebody like him is supposed to be representing British culture? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

... instead of "school his school" it should read "school his son attends", ... sorry!

1979gooner said...

indeed, Anon 1011

Lineker's son did very badly because he is a lazy spoilt little idiot and they then tried to sue the school!

pathetic

Anonymous said...

One sentence describes Lineker, big nosed monkey eared Cunt!

iwasthere said...

Just registered the complaint; I put in on a level with Richard Keyes and Andy Grey. I am very angry at that idiot.

Anonymous said...

At best it was a poorly judged joke that trivialised the serious undercurrent of abuse Arsene constantly has to put up with, at worst it was xenophobic & served to reinforce the bottom-feeders' views that their hateful abuse is acceptable.

Anonymous said...

I have long stopped watching MOTD, can't stand Lineker, Hansen or Lawro. They'd have to ask themselves if they would mock British managers like Ferguson, Redknapp or Dalglish. I expect the answer might be a bit uncomfortable.

Anonymous said...

I think you're being a little precious here. I'm sure Wenger himself doesn't really care. He doesn't exactly represent our club very well with his continuous touchline histrionics. I don't think it helps the players either. Maybe Wenger should behave with more dignity on the touchline, then people wouldn't be able to mock him.

gooner 1970 said...

I`m with you also on this matter, i found it highly disrespectful to all counts ie Ramsey and Wenger
And thx for the BBC Complaints Link,
i`ve sent my Complaint in too.

gooner 1970 said...

yes i think it was totally disrespectful to all concerned ie Ramsey and Wenger, Not to forget us as Arsenal fans,
Thx for the BBC Complaints Link,
mine is SUBMITED

richard said...

I am a gooner and think you need to get your facts right before berating anybody. Watch motd again. Hansen actually says that though he thinks a lot of the stoke fans that their booing of Ramsey was shameful. They then mentioned stokes berating of Wenger and how he took it in good Humour. Lineker's comment was tongue in cheek so please get a grip and even if it was meant to be something else do you believe Wenger will give a damn no I doubt it at all he won,t give it a second thought so get on with supporting team in last two games of season

Anonymous said...

I agree Linekar showed his bias, but it's wrong to say they ignored the treatment of Ramsey. They specifically addressed it and said there is no place for it in football. However, I cannot remember ever seeing another manager ridiculed on the programme. They have sunk to a new low, but I suspect it is symptomatic of the media and fans position with Arsene. He would have to win the Championship to repair it.

Anonymous said...

Had this been a slight on Liverpool FC the level of disgust would have been massive.. So I think we are right to complain to the bbc!! About time someone at MOTD is given a reminder that you can't keep going on about 'them foreigners' as though they are from another planet. It is 2012 and while I don't want to get too precious - are those 3 relics of the 80's (Lineker, Lawro and Hansen) the best we have???

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rihard said...

Oh i think lineker's bias has something to do with it. As for not taking mickey out of other managers I don't thinkthe bbc has ever seen too many fans have ever been seen taking the piss out of the opposing manager like that on such a scale so thought they make a point on the issue.

1979gooner said...

anons 1046 and 1048

I am sorry but I have got my facts right.

Hansen did criticise the Stoke supporters for their shameful abuse of Ramsey.

Other than this, they generally mocked Arsene Wenger, stated how great the Stoke fans are on the whole and did not cover things in an impartial manner.

The mocking at the end was symptomatic of their generally mocking tone, they didn't highlight the abuse of Ramsey in the game highlights, they didn't even mention it! They also tried to make out that all the abuse Arsene gets is just good natured banter.

Utterly shameful coverage and given away by them saying how great Stoke fans are, before criticising them for their deplorable Ramsey abuse, an inconsistency or just the BBC not calling a spade a spade? The latter for me, Stoke fans are pretty low.

Anonymous said...

If you dont like it dont watch it.......................shite prog shite up their own arses presenters..the cult society in a nutshell

TR said...

Lining up a role in Top Gear by the looks of it. Absolutely unbelievable. Wouldn't be surprised if there was a chorus of "the French twat" echoing round the studio at some point

Anonymous said...

Gary was a former Spurs player. So he would take every opportunity to irritate the gunners what with Totts being behind in the race for third place.

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Anonymous said...

If you look at Hansen's face though he was pretty disgusted with the booing of Aaron Ramsey. I agree Lineker shouldn't have done it but it was done light-heartedly and Wenger won't exactly be taking note of it. He will be more worried about whether Aaron Ramsey's confidence, already appearing low thanks to a dip in form, has taken a hit.

Instead lets salute Wenger for the comment 'The linesman did not see it' and the sly smile he gave that the commentator was too dumb to notice.

Anonymous said...

Have lodged my complaint. Lineker and co. are a sarcastic mob and I'm sure if one were to do research on their coverage of certain teams and managers the meaning of impartial commentary would take on a rather different note.

Ieuan said...

I'm an avid Arsenal fan and I disagree. The abuse of Ramsey was entirely unacceptable and I feel that MOTD should perhaps have made more of a point of it than they did. However, the mocking of Wenger was just a bit of sillyness and to group the two together just undermines the case against Stoke vis-a-vis Ramsey. Gary Lineker, in this, might have inadvertently given force to the notion that you can justifiably abuse managers (and I don't count silly imitations as abuse but rather the foul language and insults that will surely go with it) but to single this out as xenophobic, Wenger-specific criticism is really extreme. Just gives all those other fans more material to argue that Arsenal fans are always complaining! Was a bit of silly fun so have a laugh and rise above it. Bit of common sense please.

Anonymous said...

I think is a about time Gary Lineker started presenting 'The Antiques Road Show'. Suites him better................

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Anonymous said...

leuan

disagree

Anon 1024 said it very nicely

"At best it was a poorly judged joke that trivialised the serious undercurrent of abuse Arsene constantly has to put up with, at worst it was xenophobic & served to reinforce the bottom-feeders' views that their hateful abuse is acceptable."

Nail on head, trivialising the mocking is not something that should be done for the above reasons.

1979gooner

Anonymous said...

I've just registered my complaint.

Anonymous said...

So now Lineker's childish humour is seen fit to broadcast, What about the Beebs mission to inform! It's time MOTD was finally deleted from the schedules. It costs a fortune, offers no insight, originality died out many years ago, watching a bunch of chums having a laugh before they go to their Golfing day. It's not even the best football programme on the BBC!

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Anonymous said...

How can someone on here say Wenger disgraces the Arsenal with his touchline antics.

Pullis dresses like a Sunday morning pub Manager or some Chav from Little Britain.

How about the wonderfull moaninio when he goes into one or even the great Pep Guardiola. They are ok to behave like this are they?

The truth is Wenger gets more stick and hatred just because He is French.

I am as patriotic as any other Englishmen but we English used to be known for our class not a bunch of apes dancing around throwing hatred and abuse.

As for MotD all the pundits hate the Arsenal on there. We ruined them Liverpool players dominance and they will never forget this and Lineker is just bitter that his friend Smithy chose the right London Club to play for.

Arsenal has a Club suffers more because our Manager happens to be French yet there is just as much hatred between England and the Scots, more from them mind.

Anonymous said...

thanks for giving me the oppurtunity to bollock the beeb about that shite proramme,problem was when i started i couldn't stop and filled 3 boxes up , lol

great blog by the way ,and i might just add that i am born and bred in stoke but have been a gooner since the 70's when i lived and worked in london ,i am back in stoke now but am still a gooner from afar , and i have to say that i am ashamed of my local club both in the way they play the game and most of all how they treat opposing fans and players , i have been to the Brit on numerous occassions , twice to see arsenal , famously 2 years ago and i only just escaped in one piece lol , i sincerely hope that they are relegated next season and that pulis leaves football and becomes a monk lol

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Davi said...

More serious were the alledged chants of "French tw*t" aimed at wenger before the game. I didn't hear them (didn't get to see it), but heard an interview that they put on TalkSport in which one of the journalists was questioning him about this alledged "racial" abuse (although I don't see how it's racial). I wonder if anyone else heard chanting of this kind during or before the game?
Also I thought they were chanting "Wenger is a w*nker" during the match? It wasn't very clear, but this is perhaps less shocking, seeing as the referees have to take such abuse on a very regular basis.

Class of 68 said...

Spot on. Should also mention,as Olllie did on the Arseblog Arses, if making a complaint , would the jug eared one put on a red nose for a Man U game,or would he start twitching after a Spurs game.

Anonymous said...

what specifically about the chants made it xenophobic? I ask because to me you were the first person to bring nationality into this.

i'm an arsenal fan - i thought the chants at arsene were distasteful and the chants at aaron horrendous.

but not xenophobic. you're the first person to bring nationality into this... thats a serious mistake to make.

Anonymous said...

My dad when he was a taxi driver picked mr lineker up. This was at the peak of linekers fame and he didn't even give a tip. Not is he just a cock but he's also a tight bastard

Anonymous said...

Hopefully there will be action takan. Just can't make fun of anyone, specially on TV.And a puloc appology would be ideal. But i don't think there would be any. So sad. This guy is a shame for football. Wenger helped football at its best and that G.L makes fun of football.

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Anonymous said...

it is clearly racist behaviour !
we cant change the morons who abuse like that, some of ours do it too. my real issue is with Lineker and the bbc for allowing this.
it is this type of behaviour that allows and condones the actions of the type of manager like pulis or mcleish.
i know that shawcross was doing an old fashioned clear out tackle but it is for the bbc to say that and not hide behind the view that it is english football, and arsenal have to compete.
If stoke had done this to norwich or swansea there would be uproar in the bbc!
Lineker implies that arsenal and wenger are pussies. what was he? how loud would he be shouting if he had had shawcross launching him?
back in the day, you steeled yourself against such tackles but nowdays there is no place for it.
pulis and mccleish are all thats wrong with football and swansea, wigan,reading,norwich even spurs are all thats right.
Lineker gives permission to wankers to keep on abusing any individual.
Lineker, the most boring bland arse that ever drew breath..
nice mrs though ;0)

Anonymous said...

Some folk on here are inexplicably failing to spot the xenophobia/racism in the chant of "French tw*t"
It's on a par with being called a black/brown/yellow/white one.

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Anonymous said...

They are professional footballers who get paid loads. I dont hear other teams complaing when they get a little abuse. Do u hear man u fans complaing when people call wayne rooney shrek.

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Anonymous said...

Im french and an arsenal fan... How is this racist. Its not

Anonymous said...

Send BBC a comment
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/front_page/3701180.stm

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1979gooner said...

Any brainless offensive comments will continue to be removed I'm afraid, some of you seem to have rather little brains and can only insult.

I am not accusing Lineker of being racist, just saying in my opinion from the tone of his words and from the content, there was a streak of xenophobia in there.

The cackling of laughter at it from around the studio was pretty low as well, it was a nasty kind of bullying act, really pathetic from such a major public broadcaster.

Also the Stoke chanting of 'French tw*t' is clearly racist and completely unacceptable.

To all the Stoke fans who seem to enjoy persisting with your purile childish insults, please continue, it gives me a great deal of pleasure to remove your largely illiterate drivel from the blog, thanks for the fun!

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steve said...

Linaker is a top wanker a brown nose how we are paying him millions just don't get it

Anonymous said...

Be fair you must take into account that Gary had dreams of Spurs winning the title. When these were shattered he dreamt they might finish above Arsenal. What else has he got to look forward to?
PS is it a mere coincidence that since Gary did a commentary on the Open, the Royal and Ancient are talking of moving to a commercial channel?

Anonymous said...

do st(r)oke even have a blog? iv been looking to try and spread the joy but cant find any, useless pricks lool, im surprised they can type considering they havnt developed opposable thumbs yet

Anonymous said...

I stated b4 that my complaint has been lodged - it' s the general ridicule and then "au revoir" which could easily be interpreted as "sod off back to your own country'.....as it comes straight off the back off 'if u don't like it Mr Wenger... ' Not to mention the sarcastic snigger from that complete ass Lawrenson.

Brah said...

I don't like Lineker, but how was his impression of Wenger xenophobic in any way? The ridiculous hand gestures merely mocked him for being eccentric. It sounds more like a childish over-reaction by you, still bitter after a poor performance in a match we should have won. Putting it on a par with Keys and Gray is utterly ridiculous. "iwasthere", I doubt they will take your compliant too seriously seeing as you can't even spell their names correctly... To all the people who have lodged a complaint, grow up and learn to take a light-hearted joke.

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Anonymous said...

stoke fan here looks like we have conclusive proof in these comments

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Gunner54 said...

SPUD TWAT

Anonymous said...

Seriously guys it the wenger thing was funny and was obviously a joke, and they did say that theres no place in the game for what happened to ramsey, lets not get carried away!

Anonymous said...

The bloke is a jug eared Arse !! MOTD have always been Bias again Arsenal and I'm sure there are more Spud supporters behind the scenes (not just Lineker), as it doesn't matter how many goals we score unless it's again Man U or the Spuds would we be on first. Last night was pathetic he should stick to making crap crisp adverts and let someone who is respected, knowledgeable and has a personality present MOTD. See ya Gary !!

Anonymous said...

I have just complained asking for the removal of the classless Lineker. What message does this send out from the talentless Lineker to any children who were watching.

Once a spud always a spud!

1979gooner said...

Brah

I am sorry I just disagree with you on this.

The more I watch it the more offensive and unacceptable it looks.

Lineker is acting like a nasty playground bully and the background sniggers show his co-presenters were joining in with the small minded bullying.

It is easy to write nasty bullying like this off as 'just a joke' or 'just banter', I think this is a dishonest way of trying to hide a nasty and unpleasant bit of bullying.

Put yourself in Arsene's shoes, it is unaccaptable mocking from a supposedly impartial broadcaster.

As one of the Anon says above there is a hint of xenophobia 'sod off to your own country' in it too, it really is unpleasant.

I am not angry, I am not over reacting, I just feel complaining is the right thing to do on this and Lineker was bang out of line.

To the people citing the Adebayor chants, I condemn these wholeheartedly and will not pretend that all Arsenal fans are angels, in fact I have been involved in some nasty incidents for openly criticising fellow Arsenal fans at games on this.

The difference is that this was a small minority of Arsenal fans chanting and the vast majority are fighting to condemn and stamp out this shocking behaviour.

As regards Stoke and Ramsey, barely a single Stoke fan as apologise or even acknolwedged it was out of line, plus it was a majority of fans involved.

Big differences and I condemn both.

1979gooner said...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2136870/Gary-Lineker-does-Arsene-Wenger-impression-Video.html

Daily Mail above link, fair play to them for covering Lineker's self humiliation.

The vast vast majority of comments agree with us and see Lineker as a small minded weak bully.

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for the link. Have sent my complaint in. Disgusting behaviour from the BBC.

Anonymous said...

Think alot of fans and u need to wise up. Im a gooner and while i think it was a disgrace the abuse Ramsey got, i do think it was quite funny what wenger got after all we are the first to slag off an opposing manager. Lighten up mate

CB said...

Here is my complaint to the BBC, feel free to copy some, particularly to get LIneker to twitch to make fun of Harry, in order to show BBC balance:

Gary Lineker mocking Arsene Wenger, unfunny and unfair. He doesn't wear a red nose for Ferguson, twitch for Redknapp so why pick on Wenger? Or are you about to do this in the interest of BPP balance. Is it easier that he is French? If there were any humour there I would have let Lineker off but he wasn't laughing and he was encouraging Stoke and other fans to be idiots. So he wasn't right.

DorrersAFC said...

standard complaint ot the Beeb.... ermm its happened on so many occasions against arsenal arsene this is why its disgusting yes hanser looked shocked but still found the same sentence time to praise them aswell - CUNT :)

Completely Disgusted by Match of the day, gary

lineker in particular - your programme used to the highlight of every football fans week, now you have a bunch of dated uneducated bunch giving there own biased views....

its happened before.. but not directley against arsenal ( i am an arsenal fan) but more to the fact that a player whose leg was shattered an booed by stoke fans, not only did match of the day not pick up on this they also took the time to praise stoke fans - than gary Lineker put on his best impression mocking Arsene Wenger who had been hurls disgusting abuse all game - os basically as a corporation your saying its ok to hurl abuse from the stands!
WEll stand up and pat yourself on the back bbc - no wonder your losing all your top sporting brands, its just distasteful and completley devoid of intelect - also goes to show just how far the bbc have come - or shall i say gone, you've lost the F1 coverage how long until you lose football highlights - i have no intention of watching your programme any more!

get a decent set of reporters with class and unbiased views in, who dont send you to sleep with there pointless booring drivel - its not hard to get ex pros who are honest and entertaining, because frankly you have neither!

Greg Dorrington

Anonymous said...

Recently Football was describe as a family, but descrimination is an attribute running through their veins. Linekar has demonstrated the moment you put little men without common sense in charge of TV programmes they make an idiot of themselves by showing bias and favoritism. Before long their shameful behaviour is witnessed by all!

Ian said...

Looks to me like a childish spoof of the stoke fans impersonating Wenger on the touch line.
http://www.balls.ie/2012/04/29/gary-linekers-arsene-wenger-impression/

You are reading far too much into this just because Lineker is a twat. Rise above it and move on.

He wouldn't have dared do that about fergie though!

Anonymous said...

BBC and twitter are the only places where mountains are mafde from mole hills.

P/s: lineker = overpaid pillock

Anonymous said...

The BBC has to look at this and address the issue!

Q: Is this appropriate behaviour for a presenter?

Anonymous said...

I'VE LODGED MY COMPLAINT....takes bloody ages

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ClockEndRider said...

What kind of editorial process was followed on MOTD? The show goes out live. Therefore there were at least 6 hours between the end of the Arsenal match and the idiot Lineker doing his offensive impression. The programme follows a script to the best of my knowledge with the script showing up on autocue for the presenters. . How else could Ill educated semi literate boors like Lineker, Hansen and Lawrenson cope. Therefore, someone in the studio thought it was funny and or a good idea that Lineker behaved in this unacceptable manner. This is truly insidious and nasty....

Anonymous said...

Why u all mad?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the link. It was very poor taste from Lineker and I have complained to the BBC.

Anonymous said...

Watching the king of the orcs on MoTD2 and feeling violently sick. . .can Colin Murray stick his tongue any further up Pulis' arse?

Anonymous said...

I have just complained about Motd2. They purposely invited Pulis to debunk a serious case to answer. This was a coordinated attempt at creating bias against the incident. I suggest complaining about this as this was a 'on purpose' attempt at undermining a serious misjudgement by Motd/Motd2 production team.

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Anonymous said...

I completely agree, absolutely disgusting behaviour. Thank you for the link to the complaint site, I have left a hefty complaint and hopefully there is some action. I urge any other Arsenal fans to do the same to stop the virus that is Gary Lineker to be able to broadcast his biased mockery on national television.
Oh Arsenal we love you.

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Anonymous said...

How Match of the Day has become so rotten ever since Linaker chaired it is no surprise. Why cant the BBC learn from all the other Channels, even RTE does abetter MOD. They all do us the honour of coming in to our home looking smart,properly dressed unless the laid back "smart/Alecs" on MOD. It should be taken over by ITV who dont insult us with untidy mob as accptable to the BBC.

Anonymous said...

Further Linaker should know by now that we dont want a teenage comedian mocking "clever" stuff like these boring stand up comedians. The only worth while non irratating member of MOTD is Dixon.

s j little said...

Since when has Linaker looked like a grown man?

Anonymous said...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2136870/Gary-Lineker-does-Arsene-Wenger-impression-Video.html

Anonymous said...

I am complaining about the clear abuse the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had from your presenter Gary Liniker ,
Mr. Wenger was clearly verbally abused throughout the match by Stoke City fans calling him a "wanker" who then went on to imitate him throwing their arms around foolishly .They also hissed a booed a player who suffered a broken led as a result of a wreck-less challenge from a previous encounter between the two clubs .
My complaint is about Mr Liniker when commenting on Mr Wenger throws his arms around foolishly and mocks him in a racist way ,I believe this to be totally unacceptable from a presenter from The BBC(my complaint)Arsene should do a fergie and fuck their interviews !

Anonymous said...

Dear BBC Sir,

I wish to complain most wholeheartedly about the disgusting output witnessed on Match of the Day this weekend.

I talk, of course, of the most disgusting and vile racism exhibited by on Mr. Gary Lineker. I have never seen such vile racism since John Terry visited a Tennesse Fried Chicken in Brixton.

The last of the good chavelier that is Arsene Wenger deserves to be more well respected. He has given many, many, many, many, many, many years of service to French football since the years before Mr. Lineker was eating tiger genetials in Tokyo.

I feel, more importantly, that as Arsenal fans we have been cruely taregted once again by the evil Spuds supporting BBC. You will not hear this sort of insult directed towards the arch criminal and thief that is Henry Redknapp. That evil and loathsome human being keeps receiving the plaudits despite not even being able to aquire the England job.

Mr. Wenger is treated like he is Hitler.

He is treated like he is Stalin.

He is treated like he is Pol Pot.

Hell, he is even treated like he is the McDonalds Hamburgler.

Is this fair? You decide.

In the meantime I am going to tuck into my chipolata sandwich while I expect your grovelling response.

Journalists of Satan. The lot of you.

A loyal Gunner.

1979gooner said...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2136870/Gary-Lineker-does-Arsene-Wenger-impression-Video.html

The Mail have covering things well and are even covering our complaints.

Thanks Mail.

1979gooner

Anonymous said...

I left a complaint and I told the BBC dont email me back saying its up to the individual how he presents himself or you are just as biased as Linecker.

Anonymous said...

As an Arsenal fan i don;t really care what Linekar says. I am amazed though at how many comments on this website are outraged by his mocking and the Stoke fan's mocking of Arsene Wenger and then, in the next sentence, mock Linekar! Come on ladies and gents. We are THE Arsenal. Let's rise above this, win the next 2 games, seal RVP's contract and keep Sperz where they belong - below us.

Anonymous said...

Mr gary lineker carry on slagging how wenger off and I will cut your face right open ok you fake tan looking cunt from EIE herd

Anonymous said...

I just complained, to be fair I dont mind a bit of piss taking aimed in my direction but Gary Lineker is a TWAT and I haven't forgiven him for scoring against us in the FA cup semi in '91...

I'm not happy about the way Arsene Wenger was mocked on MOTD this saturday. Gary Lineker's impression was offensive. Would he immitate an Indian, Jamaican or someone who is camp? I certainly dont think he is that brave. He knows mocking someone who is French is "Fair game" and very safe. I think Arsene Wenger deserves a lot more respect from your main football and sports presenter. I cant imagine Des Lynham or David Coleman acting so childish. If Gary Lineker feels the need for cheap laughs at other people expense I am sure the BBC can find a late night slot for him on BBC3.

James Hart

Anonymous said...

Brillian piece. Well done mate. Just added a compliant myself. Thanks for the link.

dkgooner said...

Anon @ 12.10 said:
"I am as patriotic as any other Englishmen but we English used to be known for our class not a bunch of apes dancing around throwing hatred and abuse."
Tell that to the Indians massacred at Amritsar.

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Unknown said...

About time MOTD had a new producer who could smarten it up and get a decent presenter. Lineker acts like a teenage smart alec as someone else has stated. And yes RTE do a better job with their edition of MOTD.

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Anonymous said...

Thank you for contacting us about the edition of ‘Match of the Day’ broadcast on Saturday 28 April.

Gary Lineker's closing line was a light-hearted reference to shots of Stoke fans behind the dugouts imitating Arsene Wenger's mannerisms. A clear differentiation was made between this and the booing of Aaron Ramsey which Gary Lineker and Alan Hansen strongly condemned.

In addition, Gary was not being xenophobic nor was he unfairly singling out a manager who has the admiration and respect of the whole ‘Match of the Day’ team and who has been the subject of praise on the show on many occasions.

Shots of football managers and their behaviour on the touchline have long been a source of good-natured humour across our output and elsewhere. However, we are sorry if we have inadvertently offended you.

I’d like to assure you I've registered your complaint on our audience log. This is an internal report of audience feedback which we compile daily and is available for viewing by all our staff. This includes all programme makers and presenters, along with our senior management. It ensures that your points, along with all other comments we receive, are considered across the BBC.

Thanks again for taking the time to contact us.

Anonymous said...

i complained and wrote it was xenophobic, and gave credence to the boorish behaviour of the Stoke fans whos offensive chants and gestures being imitated by Lineker came across that he supported their behaviour. I also indicated it was unprofessional to mimick one of the most respected elder managers in world football, who happened to be foreign. the least i expected from the programme was neutrality. And i have yet to see Lineker mock any other managers,which he shouldnt anyway as its unprofessional. I also closed it that i expect an apology on next weeks programme.

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