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Gary Lineker challenges Elon Musk over abusive message sent to son over BBC row | UK News

Gary Lineker has challenged Twitter boss Elon Musk over a threatening message sent to his son in the wake of the TV presenter’s row with the BBC.

The Match Of The Day host – who was reinstated on Monday – tweeted a screenshot of a private message sent by a user describing his son, George, as a “mug” who needed to be “burned at the stake” for defending his father.

Lineker wrote with the image: “Is this acceptable @Twitter @elonmusk? And I don’t mean the grammar.”

The Match of the Day presenter, 62, was suspended by the BBC for his tweets criticising the government’s migration policy.

It has now agreed to allow the former England footballer back on air this weekend, wth the BBC’s director general Tim Davie denying it amounted to a climbdown by the corporation.

An independent review will look into its social media usage guidelines.

Lineker has started tweeting again about the plight of refugees, writing: “However difficult the last few days have been, it simply doesn’t compare to having to flee your home from persecution or war to seek refuge in a land far away.”

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