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Lineker: I stand by government criticism and don't fear BBC suspension

Match Of The Day presenter Gary Lineker has told reporters outside his London home that he stands by his criticism of the government's asylum seeker policy and does not fear suspension by the BBC.

The former England striker, 62, has faced criticism from members of the Conservative party after comparing the language used to launch the policy with 1930s Germany.

It has sparked a row over whether he has adhered to the BBC's impartiality rules.

When approached by reporters this morning, Lineker said "yes I would like to say something, very good morning to you" as he walked to a waiting car.

As he passed round the back of the vehicle, he said "no" when asked if he fears suspension over his tweets

Then as he climbed into the rear passenger seat, he responded to a reporter asking if he has spoken to the BBC, saying: "I'm always talking to the BBC."

Asked if he had spoken to the director general, he said, after a pause, "yeah" before adding "he said... well we chat often".

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