Gary Lineker forced to delete tweet about Ukraine crisis after intense backlash
Match of the Day host Gary Lineker followed up his post with a second tweet explaining why he deleted the first, admitting it was “ambiguous and therefore misinterpreted”.
Gary Lineker has deleted a tweet calling Britain’s spending on a nuclear deterrent ‘madness’ amid the Ukraine crisis.
The Match of the Day host went on to explain why he deleted the tweet, admitting it was “ambiguous and therefore misinterpreted”.
Lineker’s initial tweet posted at 11:38 a.m. Thursday, following news of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, read: “All those trillions spent on a so-called nuclear deterrent, a madness.”
Following intense backlash on Twitter, Lineker deleted the post and uploaded a second tweet, stating, “Deleted my nukes tweet as it was too ambiguous and therefore misinterpreted.
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“To be clear, it was a general wish that nuclear weapons didn’t exist anywhere. They may have stopped wars, albeit hypothetical, so far, but it only takes a fool to start them. one, and we’re all screwed.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin has launched a nighttime invasion of Ukraine after months of tension in the region.
Russia has targeted military establishments on the outskirts of Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, with explosions felt in the city center as the country’s President Volodymyr Zelensky declared martial law.
A number of world leaders issued statements on Thursday condemning Russia’s decision to invade.
The promise of sanctions and tough action in response to the invasion has since been made.
Russia’s actions will also affect the Champions League, Europa League and World Cup, with Ukraine and Russia taking part in all three competitions.
Saint Petersburg is set to host the Champions League final on May 28 this year, but UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has called an extraordinary meeting of the organisation’s executive committee.
The place of the final should be changed.
A statement read: “UEFA shares the serious concern of the international community regarding the evolving security situation in Europe and strongly condemns the ongoing Russian military invasion of Ukraine.
“As the governing body of European football, UEFA works tirelessly to develop and promote football according to common European values such as peace and respect for human rights, in the spirit of the Olympic Charter. .
“We remain resolute in our solidarity with the football community in Ukraine and stand ready to reach out to the people of Ukraine. We are treating this situation with the utmost seriousness and urgency.
“Decisions will be taken by the UEFA Executive Committee and announced tomorrow.”
FIFA’s plans for World Cup qualifying are also in crisis, with the football associations of Poland, Sweden and the Czech Republic announcing they will not travel to Russia.
The three federations have come together to demand clarification of the situation.
A joint statement issued on Thursday read: “Based on the current alarming developments in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, including the security situation, the football associations of Poland, Sweden and Czech Republic express their firm position that the playoff matches will qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, scheduled for March 24-29, 2002, should not be played on the territory of the Russian Federation.
“The signatories of this appeal do not plan to travel to Russia and play football matches there.
“The military escalation we are witnessing is causing serious consequences and significantly reduced security for our national football teams and official delegations.
“Therefore, we expect FIFA and UEFA to react immediately and come up with alternative solutions regarding where these approaching qualifiers could be played.”
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