The recent feud between Gary Lineker and the BBC has finally come to an end and the iconic Match of the Day program can finally get back on-course.
The row originated over discussions over freedom of speech and criticism of the government, leading to valid talking points on both sides of the debate. In matters like this, there is uniform right or wrong answer, and the fallout of this saga only highlights how nuanced these conversations can be.
Match Of The Day The Victim
Sadly, the victim of this days-long debate was Match of the Day and football broadcasting as a whole. During a weekend where Bournemouth defeated Liverpool and Manchester United drew with Southampton, the majority of the public attention was on a spat between the presenter and his employer.
This was a shame in my opinion. Over the last few years, we’ve only realised how important football really is to us and, when the game is taken away, how much we miss it. For example, when the world was ravaged by COVID-19 pandemic, the beautiful game brought us closer together and helped unite us during our most testing time.
Football, along with every other sport, was shelved for several months almost exactly three years ago and it was only then that we realised what we’d taken for granted
MOTD Theme Back This Week!
There’s a reason why the sport is called the most important unimportant thing in life, and the Lineker saga only highlighted that further. Most of us grew up watching Match of the Day and have vivid memories of watching it with relatives years ago, and to see such a barren presentation of it this weekend was somewhat poignant.
Regardless of where you stand on the situation, we can all agree that football is too important and too storied to be dragged down by this nuanced conversation.
I’m sincerely glad that the Gary Lineker dispute has come to an end, and I’ll be delighted to hear the MOTD’s iconic opening theme next week. Football is 90 minutes of escapism, and it should remain that way.
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