Speaking to TalkRADIO, the Match of The Day host claimed he only decided to get involved in politics when he realised “lies” had been told by politicians in the lead up to the Brexit referendum. Mr Lineker argued he debated whether to come out as a Remainer and admitted he might have made the wrong call when he decided to announce he voted in favour of the UK remaining in the EU.
He said: “I uhmmed and ahh-ed about whether to come out as a Remainer and obviously in the end I thought ‘I’ll do it’.
“Perhaps I shouldn’t have. But who knows?
“So I gave my opinion on that. But I never got involved in elections.
“I tweet a bit about politics because I’m interested in it but nobody knows who I voted for.”
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Asked whether he now felt the fight was over for Remainers, he added: “Yeah, I’m kind of like that – which is how I actually was after the original referendum.
“But then when it became clear about the lies that were told, that’s the only reason I got involved.
“But they can own it now and get on with it.
“Let’s hope it works.”
However, the BBC host sparked fury ahead of the December general election for suggesting there is not enough money in football after calling Boris Johnson’s pledge to invest more into community sports projects “bulls***” in a scathing Twitter post.
The arch-Remainer took to Twitter to re-tweet the pledge, that had come from Nicky Morgan but was backed by Mr Johnson, airing his views on the matter of investment in football.
He said: “I’m sticking to football during the election, but this is football and it’s bulls***.
“Hundreds of millions have been cut from local authority sporting budgets. Carry on.”
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The multimillionaire was instantly called out for the remark.
One follower said: “Stick to crisp adverts.”
Another added: “Gary give it a rest billions in the premier league and for your back pocket from MOTD and BT on behalf of our high bills while local clubs go bust, shame they wouldn’t cut your moaning from our budgets.”
A third said: “I see what you did there Gary, very clever. Maybe the Millionaire footballers and broadcasters could give something back to the game that made then their millions in the first place. Just a thought.”
Another, referring to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, said: “You do realise steptoe will fleece you if he gets into power.”