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Lineker defends BBC decision not to show Bradford FA Cup tie live on TV

Gary Lineker claims the BBC would have screened Bradford's FA Cup fifth-round clash if their opponents had been known when the TV picks were made, before the fourth-round replays.

The BBC was criticised for overlooking the League One club after their giant-killing of Chelsea. Of the eight fifth-round ties played this weekend, Bradford's was one of three not shown live by either the BBC or BT Sport.

The Bantams made the broadcasters regret their decision by beating Sunderland 2-0 to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 1976.

Sunderland had needed a replay to get past Fulham in the fourth round and Lineker claimed on Twitter that that was a key factor in the BBC picking Aston Villa's clash with Leicester and Man Utd's trip to Preston on Monday night instead.

Lineker: Any help 'has got to come from Gazza himself'

Former footballer and sports presenter Gary Lineker has said Paul Gascoigne has got to help himself recover from his alcohol problems.

Speaking at a TV conference in Edinburgh, he said: "I wish him well but ultimately it's got to come from Paul."

Gary Lineker calls for World Cup 2022 re-vote

Former England player and football pundit Gary Lineker has called for a re-vote over who should host the 2022 World Cup following fresh allegations regarding Qatar's bid.

He wrote on Twitter:


Footballers' tributes to 'brilliant and gifted' Coleman

Lineker's Twitter appeal after mum's car was stolen

Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker has tweeted an appeal for help in finding his mother's car, which was stolen as she underwent dialysis treatment in Stoneygate in Leicestershire.

He says she is "heartbroken" as there were many personal possessions inside.

His first tweet attracted over 5,000 retweets in 20 minutes:

BT Sport 'mean business' with Champions League deal

Former footballer and Match of the Day host Gary Lineker believes BT Sport "means business" after the company announced a £897 million deal to broadcast live coverage of Champions League and Europa League games.

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