Gary Lineker has pulled out of hosting Match of the Day on Saturday evening.
Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Lineker has been a mainstay on Britain's flagship football highlights programme for decades. The 63-year-old has been hosting Match of the Day since 1999.
But he will not be hosting tonight's show due to illness. Writing on <a href=«https://twitter.com/GaryLineker?ref_src=» https: rel=«nofollow» target="_self">X, formerly known as Twitter, Lineker said. «Some good news for some: I’ve been silenced….with a rotten cold that seems to be lasting forever. Hate missing hosting @BBCMOTD but I’ll be watching».
Mark Chapman, the host of Match of the Day 2, will replace Lineker on Saturday night's show which will air on BBC One at 10.30pm. Chapman and guests will review highlights from several games involving London clubs including Tottenham, Brentford and Fulham.
Arsenal legend Ian Wrightannounced in December that he will be leaving his role as a pundit on Match of the Day. The 60-year-old first appeared on the BBC show in 1997 during his distinguished playing days at the Gunners and became a regular in 2002 two years after his retirement from the game.
He said on <a href=«https://twitter.com/IanWright0?ref_src=» https: rel=«nofollow» target="_self">X: «After my debut show whilst still a player in 1997 and many more memorable years, I’ll be stepping back from BBC MOTD at the end of this season. I feel very privileged to have had such an incredible run on the most iconic football show in the world.
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