Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

30 times Gary Lineker said what we were all thinking


Twitter has its positives - a brilliant communication and news tool - and its negatives - awful trolls, feeling like you're wasting your life reading about nothing - but one of the most interesting aspects of it is how we've been able to see a hidden side of certain individuals.

Who could have predicted James Blunt would be a comedy genius? Or that Joey Barton would quote Nietzsche?

And another great example is that of Gary Lineker. Of course we knew he was a great sportsman, and a broadcaster who had grown from a nervy start to being a calming presence on that Match of the Day sofa - a safe pair of hands, who would rarely say anything controversial.

But, when he joined Twitter, we certainly weren't expecting him to be so forthright and, well, just right with his views on a number of other issues, particularly away from sporting chat and regarding more serious matters.

He’s known for his recent plea for humanity in the face of the ongoing refugee crisis which, with depressing inevitability, led to a storm of abuse via Twitter, and a front-page slagging from that bastion of moral virtue, the Daily Star.

Daily Star

We fail to see how anyone could take offence from this tweet, which sparked the 'row':

And, quite rightly, he defended himself against those who attacked him.

And now the Daily Mail are on his case for supposedly not paying his taxes – they dedicated a whole two pages to calling him out. Such a great use of time, clearly. Anyway, Gary isn’t having it:

So what about the other times when Gary has been resolutely unashamed to stick his neck out for what he believes in? Well, step this way...

Speaking previously about the refugee crisis

His verdict on the EU referendum

UK politics and the 2015 General Election

The controversial closure of Fabric

Lineker Fabric

FIFA corruption

Lineker has been a long-standing and outspoken critic of FIFA and, particularly Sepp Blatter. He must have been very pleased with the events of the last couple of years...

These two likeable fellows

Lineker Trump Farage

US politics

Gun control in the US

The behaviour of the UK press (part 1)

The behaviour of the UK press (part 2)

The behaviour of the UK press (part 3)

Calling out the unacceptable behaviour of football fans

Defending his fellow professionals

Corruption in Athletics

The future of the BBC

The (alleged) behaviour of our political leaders

The treatment of Chelsea physio Dr Eva Carneiro

The terrorist attacks in Paris


And, just as controversially as all the rest, One Direction

Forget the haters Gary: keep it up, we say.

[Images: Rex]



Gary Lineker talks crisps, Rooney and "Sh*t on pitch"


The best game I ever played: Sensible World of Soccer '95/'96


The first-ever green card has been awarded in a football match


Donald Trump’s lawyer: possibly not racist, definitely not intelligent

Oldest trick in the book

by Tom Victor
17 Aug 2017

We have some very, very good news about cheese

Cheese lovers, it's our time to shine

by Emily Reynolds
17 Aug 2017

Jurors refuse to work on Martin Shkreli's trial for the best reasons

He is *not* a popular man

by Emily Reynolds
17 Aug 2017

Apparently millennials hate boobs now - but what do we like instead?

These god damn millennials, eh

by Gary Ogden
17 Aug 2017

All the times Donald Trump has failed to condemn far-right extremists

This has gone on for some time

by Tom Victor
16 Aug 2017

Flight attendants share the 25 worst things passengers do

How many of them are you guilty of?

by Gary Ogden
16 Aug 2017

Obama's response to Charlottesville is now the most-liked tweet ever

Puts Trump's response to shame

by Emily Reynolds
16 Aug 2017

English accents have been ranked by sexiness - where is yours?

You lot up north will be happy

by Gary Ogden
16 Aug 2017

Unmissable TV shows Reddit says you have to watch before you die

From gritty dramas to kids' classics

by Emily Reynolds
15 Aug 2017

The surprising side-effect of spending just 5 minutes on Facebook

It only takes five minutes of Facebooking

by Emily Reynolds
15 Aug 2017