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Victoria Johns

Piers Morgan calls Gary Lineker news a victory for free speech as he slams the BBC

Piers Morgan has tweeted his support for Gary Lineker after the presenter was told he'd back on Match of the Day this Saturday.

The broadcaster suspended the former England star from the show after he criticised the Government's Illegal Immigration Bill.

However, in a statement today director general Tim Davie announced Gary would be fronting the popular programme this weekend while revealing the corporation would be reviewing its social media policy.

Piers and Gary have been known to lock horns in the past and regularly rib each other on Twitter.

However, following the news the presenter would be back to business, the TalkTV host tweeted: "Gary Lineker and Free Speech 1 - BBC and Cancel Culture 0."

Piers Morgan has tweeted his support for Gary Lineker after the presenter was told he'd back on Match of the Day (GC Images)

Piers staunchly defended Gary's right to have an opinion in a recent Twitter spat with journalist Sarah Vine.

He posted a critique of her Mail On Sunday column, in which she slammed the former Spurs player's remarks, which caused such a furore.

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Piers wrote on Twitter: "In her Mail column today, Sarah Vine questions Gary Lineker’s ‘right’ to compare Govt immigration rhetoric to Hitler’s Germany in the 30s… and then herself compares Gary to Vladimir Putin. Free speech dictator comparison censorship rules for thee but not for me!"

Gary will be back on MOTD on Saturday (AFP via Getty Images)

However, Sarah hit back, replying: "Last time I looked, Piers Morgan my darling, the Daily Mail was not subsidised by the British taxpayer or subject to strict impartiality rules. As I argue in my piece, it’s not what Gary Lineker says, it’s the context in which he says it."

After a very strange Saturday in which Match of the Day lasted for just 20 minutes and was broadcast without a presenter, the director general of the BBC made the following statement: "Everyone recognises this has been a difficult period for staff, contributors, presenters and, most importantly, our audiences. I apologise for this.

The former footballer has had quite a week! (PA)

“Gary is a valued part of the BBC and I know how much the BBC means to Gary, and I look forward to him presenting our coverage this coming weekend.”

In response, Gary replied: "After a surreal few days, I’m delighted that we have navigated a way through this. I want to thank you all for the incredible support, particularly my colleagues at BBC Sport, for the remarkable show of solidarity. Football is a team game but their backing was overwhelming.

"I have been presenting sport on the BBC for almost 3 decades and am immeasurably proud to work with the best and fairest broadcaster in the world. I cannot wait to get back in the MOTD chair on Saturday."

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