Gary Lineker will NOT present the BBC’s coverage of today’s FA Cup clash between Brighton and Grimsby after struggling with his voice on Saturday before ‘deteriorating overnight’ – with Alex Scott replacing him
- Gary Lineker will not host BBC’s FA Cup coverage of Brighton v Grimsby
- The presenter struggled with his voice during Saturday’s live coverage
- Instead, Alex Scott will present the AmEx game on Sunday afternoon
Gary Lineker will not host the BBC’s live coverage of the FA Cup from Brighton on Sunday, after battling voice issues which deteriorated overnight.
Lineker was due to present the broadcaster’s live show featuring the clash between Brighton and Grimsby on Sunday afternoon.
However, he was visibly struggling with his voice during Saturday’s match between Manchester City and Burnley, and pulled out of Sunday’s plans after his voice deteriorated overnight, according to the BBC.
The match will instead be moderated by BBC colleague Alex Scott.
Lineker missed last week’s Match of the Day after falling out with the company amid a row over language used by the former England footballer in a tweet regarding government policy.
Gary Lineker will no longer host Sunday’s FA Cup tie on the BBC after his voice deteriorates
Viewers may have noticed Lineker’s struggles as he hosted Man City’s game on Saturday
The BBC confirmed on Monday that Lineker would return to screens this weekend, and the 62-year-old later joked that he had had a ‘quiet week’ due to the controversy, which grabbed headlines. newspapers around the world.
Lineker played a central role in the BBC’s coverage of Manchester City’s landslide victory over Burnley on Saturday night, and together with fellow pundit Alan Shearer apologized for the disruption caused by last week’s fallout, which has seen packages without presenters and rehearsals on the radio. emissions.
But viewers on Saturday night may have noticed the Leicester man struggled with his voice at times during the live broadcast from the Etihad Stadium, and the BBC said his voice had deteriorated overnight.
Alex Scott will step in to present BBC coverage of Brighton v Grimsby on Sunday
So instead of being part of the coverage of Sunday’s FA Cup tie between Premier League Brighton and League Two Grimsby Town at the AmEx Stadium, Lineker will be replaced by Alex Scott.
Scott, Shearer and Ian Wright were among those who did not appear on BBC television programming last weekend, in support of Lineker.
While Lineker did not present the Premier League match of the day highlights show on Saturday night, the format returned to a fan used to seeing, after the truncated 20-minute package framed last weekend without analysis no comment.
The winner of the Brighton and Grimsby match will join Manchester City in the semi-final at Wembley next month, alongside the winners of the other two quarter-finals on Sunday, both shown by ITV.