Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker was forced to delete a tweet after the England’s women team emerged victorious from the Euro 2022 final at Wembley. The former England star triggered a backlash over his comments after Chloe Kelly prodded home the winner on Sunday.
The Lionesses ended England’s 56-year wait for a major tournament win as they defeated Germany 2-1 following the extra time winner. Kelly’s celebration saw her take off her shirt and sprint around while spinning it over her head, while wearing a Nike sports bra.
It was compared to former USA star Brandi Chastain’s iconic celebration after she netted the winning penalty at the 1999 World Cup final, The Mirror reports. After the match Lineker posted a tongue-in-cheek tweet: “The @Lionesses have only gone and done it, and Kelly is England’s heroine, bra none.”
But not everyone saw the funny side, with some suggesting it was “most unwise” whilst others accused the Match of the Day host of “casual sexism”. He later deleted the tweet and said many had missed the context.
He wrote: “It was just a play on words given the celebration. I do rubbish like that constantly on here, including on men’s football. I’ve deleted it as many people didn’t see the game so missed the context.”
Despite Lineker’s previous gaffe, he then followed that up with another tweet, once again toasting the Lionesses’ success but this time by using an infamous quote of his own from the aftermath of Italia 90 that had been slightly altered.
He wrote: “Football is a simple game. 22 women chase a ball for 90 minutes and, at the end, England actually win. Congratulations @lionesses. Fabulous.”