Saturday’s Match of the Day show will go ahead without a presenter or pundits after the BBC decided Gary Lineker was to take a ‘step back’ from his role.
The BBC took exception to Lineker criticising the UK government over their new asylum policy, where he likened the language of the bill to that of 1930s Germany.
In response, usual MOTD pundits Ian Wright and Alan Shearer took to social media to announce they won’t be in the studio as a sign of solidarity.
BBC presenter Alex Scott then ruled herself out of replacing Lineker, while pundits Jermaine Jenas and Micah Richards, who often appear on Match of the Day 2, stated they also wouldn’t be prepared to step in.
And the BBC have now taken the drastic decision in stating that Saturday night’s programme will just show the highlight’s of tomorrow’s top-flight action.
There will be no analysis of the games, with Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea all in action.
A statement from a BBC spokesperson read: “Some of our pundits have said they don’t wish to appear on the programme while we seek to resolve the situation with Gary.
“We understand their position and we have decided that the programme will focus on match action without studio presentation on punditry.”
It is understood that talks are ongoing between the PFA, BBC and the Premier League about players and managers not being put up for interviews on Match of The Day after their matches.
As it stands, it looks unlikely that players will be performing their media duties to the BBC.
And the in-house MOTD commentators have also been discussing on Friday evening whether or not they want to contribute to the programme.
Six games are being played on Saturday, with Premier League champions Manchester City away at Crystal Palace.
Bournemouth host Liverpool, while Chelsea pit their wits against Leicester at the King Power Stadium.
Struggling Spurs welcome Nottingham Forest to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with Leeds and Brighton to battle at Elland Road.
And relegation-threatened Everton face Brentford at Goodison Park in what promises to be a hectic day of action.
There has been no update on whether anyone will be in the studio for MOTD 2 on Sunday.
talkSPORT’s Darren Bent has slammed the BBC over their decision on Lineker, as he insisted the 62-year-old has been the victim of ‘cancel culture’.
Meanwhile talkSPORT host and ex-Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan has told Lineker he shouldn’t have to apologise to the BBC over his views.
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