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BBC left bruised by handling of British soccer legend's tweets on migrant policy

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With just 32 words posted on Twitter, one of the U.K.'s most beloved sports personalities found himself at the centre of a national controversy, the likes of which had not been seen since Partygate.

Gary Lineker's face was splashed across the front page of more than three dozen newspapers in less than two weeks in a squabble that has called into question the impartiality of the country's public broadcaster, the BBC.

Lineker, 62, is a former professional soccer player who spun his career as an athlete into a role as a commentator on the BBC's popular soccer program Match of the Day.

But on March 7, Lineker swapped sports commentary for political commentary on social media, taking aim at the government's proposed legislation effectively attempting to ban asylum seekers from the U.K..

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