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Gary Lineker jokes about ‘quiet’ week as he prepares for BBC return

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Gary Lineker will return to TV screens for the first time since his BBC suspension on Saturday after joking about having had a “quiet” week.

The broadcaster, 62, was taken off air last weekend for a tweet criticising the language used by ministers when discussing the government’s asylum policy.

Lineker will present live BBC coverage of the FA Cup quarter-final between Manchester City and Burnley, with analysis from Alan Shearer and Micah Richards, on Saturday evening, while Mark Chapman is due to host the Match of the Day highlights show.

The cup tie marks Lineker’s first appearance on the BBC since the row over a tweet in which he likened the language used to launch a government asylum seeker policy with that of 1930s Germany.

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