He was set to cover today’s quarterfinal between Brighton and Grimsby Town.
LONDON: Gary Lineker will not be on the BBC for their FA Cup quarterfinal coverage today because he has lost his voice, the corporation said, with Alex Scott taking his place.
Lineker was struggling with his voice during live coverage of Manchester City’s 6-0 thrashing of Burnley on Saturday and it did not improve.
The 62-year-old presenter was set to be at today’s quarterfinal between Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion and fourth-tier Grimsby Town.
“I’ve been silenced … literally, by a nasty cold so, annoyingly, won’t be working at Brighton this afternoon,” Lineker wrote on Twitter.
The former England captain had returned to host BBC’s football show coverage a week after his suspension for criticising government immigration policy caused a row over the broadcaster’s impartiality rules.
BBC managers reversed their decision to suspend Lineker, the broadcaster’s highest-paid presenter, after his colleagues refused to work in solidarity last weekend, forcing it to air Match of the Day’s football highlights without normal commentary.
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