BBC apologises to Lineker as Match of the Day host to return

Gary Lineker will return as Match of the Day host after he was taken off air over his tweets criticising the government's migration policy.

BBC director general Tim Davie apologised for the episode and announced an independent review into its social media usage guidelines.

In a statement, Mr Davie said: "Everyone recognises this has been a difficult period for staff, contributors, presenters and, most importantly, our audiences.

"I apologise for this."

Davie also says it has been recognised that "grey areas" in the BBC social media guidance introduced in 2020 have the potential to cause "confusion".

Sky Sports News understands Lineker has also received a direct private apology, which was not included in the BBC's statement.

Lineker's first assignment back on the BBC will be to present live coverage of the FA Cup quarter-final between Manchester City and Burnley on Saturday