Gary Lineker made a splash when he tweeted that Alex Scott had been confirmed as a replacement for Sue Barker's A Question Of Sport and the BBC had to decline the appointment.
The 59-year-old BBC expert wrote on Twitter on Thursday: & # 39; Congratulations and good luck to @AlexScott for being the new host for Question Of Sport.
& # 39; Smart, competent and perfectly qualified for the role. Oh … and if you have a problem with Alex getting the job, maybe you are just part of the problem. & # 39;
Changes: Sue, 64, was removed from the BBC show along with team captains Matt Dawson (left) and Phil Tufnell (right).
A BBC spokesperson told MailOnline: "This is all speculation and no talks have been held about the future cast."
Ex-England defender and former Strictly candidate Alex, 35, is said to have been replaced after hosting 64-year-old Sue after 24 years, according to team captains Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell.
Alex is of Irish and Jamaican descent and the wording of Gary's tweet about her appointment seemed to annoy the masses when he was accused of "seducing people over an argument".
They wrote: "Lineker is a real racing bait – apparently he loves to stir things – I like Alex Scott – but Lineker should just continue his other job as Housing Officer (for everyone but the British) #DefundTheBBC."
“What a smug, arrogant man you are! What was the point of that last comment? No need! They only bait people into an argument.
Congratulations and good luck: Gary Lineker was accused of "racing bait" after confirming the news on Thursday on Twitter and calling anyone who had a problem with the decision
"If she's the right person for the job, that's good for her. You don't have to add color to the job." You are part of the problem! & # 39;
"Your final comment on your tweet is part of the problem. Stop a stupid debate!"
Gary's most recent post comes days after he apparently shook off the new BBC's new director general's warning to staff to rule out political tweeting as it turns out he won't be bound by the new rules of impartiality.
The outspoken Match of the Day host suggested he was relaxed about Tim Davie's anti-bias initiative calling on employees to curb their social media.
Sound deaf: Gary was accused of "baiting people into an argument" in his last post
He replied "nah" in response to suggestions that he should be "afraid" of the clampdown.
As a freelance presenter, Lineker has room to express his views and has not been hindered by the BBC's Code of Impartiality, which restricts full-time employees.
A BBC spokesman said: "(Lineker) is not involved in any news or political issue for the BBC and, as such, any expression of his personal political views will not affect the BBC's impartiality."
The Match Of The Day host has signed a new five-year contract with the broadcaster, with a 23% wage cut – from £ 1.75m to around £ 1.35m.
Meanwhile, a source claimed that the decision to leave Alex in her new job "had nothing to do with gender, nor is it about the BBC trying to be woken up".
A source told The Sun that Alex was "in line" as Sue's replacement because of her athletic knowledge and experience.
They said, & # 39; Like Sue, she's a former athlete and she's also had five years of broadcasting.
Confirmed: Alex & # 39; star has risen even more since she joined Strictly in 2019
“It has nothing to do with gender, and it's not about the BBC trying to wake you up.
The source also explained how Alex had impressed BBC bosses when she appeared on the show in the past.
The BBC failed to meet its 2020 target for Black, Asian and Minority Ethics (BAME) leaders, they admitted on Tuesday.
In a briefing on the presentation of its annual report, the new General Manager Tim Davie told journalists that the organization "needs to improve diversity".
The BBC released a report in 2018 setting a BAME leadership target of 15% by 2020.
They promised to appoint at least two BAME members to each leadership group by the end of 2020.
Celebrity reactions: TV stars Richard Osman and Piers Morgan also got into the debate about Alex's appointment
Alex guest-starred twice on A Question Of Sport, once in November 2016.
During the episode, she appeared alongside Olympic gold medalist James Cracknell, English cricketer Mark Wood and Scottish rugby star Stuart Hogg.
During her athletic career, Alex represented Great Britain at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and was awarded an MBE in 2016. He also scored 12 goals for England.
After retiring from football in 2017, she became the first female expert on Sky Sport's Super Sunday Show.
Alex has a lot of experience presenting as she has also co-presented CBBC's Match of the Day Kickabout and BBC One & # 39; s The Women & # 39; s Football Show.
On screen: Alex was featured in A Question Of Sport with Scottish rugby star Stuart Hogg (pictured during the show) back in 2016.
Last year she performed on Strictly Come Dancing and was partner of professional dancer Neil Jones.
It comes after Sue, who will continue to be the face of the Wimbledon company, shares her sadness of leaving the show after 24 years.
She said the BBC had to remove her from A Question Of Sport as she would never have voluntarily left her dream job.
She told Sportsmail on Sunday: "I love the show so much that they would have to move me, it would have been difficult for me to go.
"I absolutely loved my 24 years of experience with A Question Of Sport, it was my dream job," she said.
"But I understand that the BBC wants to steer the show in a new direction and I'm sad to say goodbye."
Career: Alex previously played for England and Arsenal before becoming a successful television presenter (pictured in 2017).
Family: Alex, pictured with her mother Carol in March 2019, is of Irish and Jamaican descent
Barker will continue to present assignments for the next two summers at Wimbledon after signing a three-year deal last year.
Sportsmail believes it signed a new three-year deal last year to enforce it until at least 2022, which will be a relief for many viewers.
Sue, Matt and Phil still have to comment on Alex's new role. MailOnline has asked its representatives for a comment.
The decision to crush Miss Barker sparked anger among critics who accused the BBC of ageism, including former BBC radio and television presenter Wendy Austin, who tweeted: & # 39; No ageism / sexism on the BBC then .. .
Something to say: Shortly after the announcement, fans took to Twitter to express their views, which were mixed
Ex-news anchor Jennie Bond told GMB: "Sue will be injured this morning. There is nothing you can do about your age and television is under pressure, especially for women, to look younger. & # 39;
Sources told Sportsmail on Monday that Alex is very popular with the broadcaster and will replace Barker as the moderator.
Ex-Tottenham and England midfielder Jermaine Jenas are also said to be in the running to become one of the new team captains. The BBC is keen to diversify.
Shortly after the announcement, fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts.
They wrote, "A tired old show – that has had multiple captains and former presenters – that chooses to freshen things up is hardly earth-shattering."
'I hope the ratings will go down! they'll turn off the BBC as hoarding. This is just a decision to appease the racist bias. Sue Barker will always be the face of QoS. & # 39;
“All the best to Alex Scott. I always have to liven things up a little. Alex always comes across as very good. & # 39;
“Sometimes people are brought into a position as a gesture of signs. But in the case of Alex Scott, this is entirely justified. She is one of the best right now. & # 39;
End of an Era: It was announced this week that Sue was struck off as the host of the show after 24 years. She will continue to present assignments for the next two summers at Wimbledon
Alex Scott: The girl who dreamed of playing at Wembley showed off Alan Shearer, dined with Putin and won a legion of fans on Strictly
By Amie Gordon for MailOnline
She took off her soccer shoes and swapped the field for the ballroom. Now Alex Scott is about to add another string to her bow while she takes the helm of a matter of sport.
After days of speculation, the 35-year-old English player turned expert was confirmed as Sue Barker's successor on the long-running BBC sports show.
Former Strictly nominee Scott, who once announced he was at risk of rape and acid attack, will take office next year after 64-year-old Barker was sacked after 24 years along with team captains Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell.
The move will be Scott's biggest ever presentation appearance after embarking on a successful career as an expert with Sky Sports and the BBC.
After reporting for the BBC on the Men's World Cup in Russia in 2018, Scott said her on-screen presence sparked horrific abuse in a traditionally male-dominated profession that began while she was still playing.
Said later turned to alcohol and underwent therapy to deal with the trolling.
But the former Arsenal and England footballer will defy critics if she takes the post next year.
From the pitch to the ballroom: Alex played for England and Arsenal before becoming a successful television presenter (left in 2017). Right, on Strictly last year
Tea in the Kremlin: The 35-year-old next to Rio Ferdinand (right) with Vladimir Putin (center) is enjoying 2018
After days of speculation, the 35-year-old English expert-turned player (pictured at the 2017 UEFA Women's Euro) was confirmed as Sue Barker's successor on the long-running BBC sports show
The face that says she got the job! Former English footballer Alex Scott was confirmed as a replacement for Sue Barker in A Question Of Sport on Thursday (pictured on Saturday).
Family: Alex, pictured with her mother Carol in March 2019, is of Irish and Jamaican descent
In a 2018 interview with the Guardian, Scott explained the abuse she has faced. She said, "The comments were," I know where you live. I'll come and throw acid in your face. I will rape you. "
While saying that she learned to ignore the comments, she says that it is hard to upset my mom.
The former Arsenal right-back, who was born at Wembley and taken over by the London club at just 8 years old, said it was "stunning" when young girls greeted them as inspiration.
In 2008 Scott joined Boston Breakers for two years before returning to Arsenal and captaining their team to an FA Cup victory.
She played her last game in 2018 and ended her career as the second best English player with 140 appearances in three world championships.
In 2011 she founded the Alex Scott Academy for female soccer players between the ages of 16 and 19.
Speaking last year, she said that as a kid she had no female soccer players to look up to, and instead idolized her mother, Carol McKee, and Arsenal legend Ian Wright.
Touching the growing popularity of women's football, she told The Sun on Sunday, “I love the fact that girls are now more visible. Not just across sports, in all industries. & # 39;
Since rising to the top of their football game, making 140 appearances for the English Lionesses, Scott has become Sky Sports' first expert on men's Premier League games.
In 2018, Scott traveled to Russia with Rio Ferdinand to meet Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin.
The couple and a number of other "world football legends" – including Peter Schmeichel and Lothar Matthäus – enjoyed tea and cake with the Russian President before they gave him a football shirt decorated with his name.
Speaking in 2019, she made it clear her ambition to appear on prime-time TV when she said she would be more than happy to "put my name in the hat" should Gary Lineker decide he has "enough" to play the match of the day.
The former Arsenal right-back, who was born at Wembley and taken over by the London club at just 8 years old, said it was "stunning" when young girls greeted them as inspiration. Scott commented on the 2018 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification
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