Gary Lineker is to step back from presenting Match of the Day, the BBC has announced, after comparing the language used to launch a new Government asylum policy with 1930s Germany.

The broadcaster said Lineker will step back from his duties “until an agreement is reached on his social media use”.

It comes after the host was accused of breaching the BBC’s impartiality guidelines over comments he made about the Government’s new migration policy.

A BBC spokesperson said: “The BBC has been in extensive discussions with Gary and his team in recent days. We have said that we consider his recent social media activity to be a breach of our guidelines.

“The BBC has decided that he will step back from presenting Match Of The Day until we’ve got an agreed and clear position on his use of social media.

“When it comes to leading our football and sports coverage, Gary is second to none. We have never said that Gary should be an opinion-free zone, or that he can’t have a view on issues that matter to him, but we have said that he should keep well away from taking sides on party political issues or political controversies.”

This story is being updated.

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