BBC gets official complaints over Gary Lineker bald men joke at MOTD hosts Shearer Murphy

Mail Online | 8/20/2019 | Lara Keay For Mailonline
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The BBC has become embroiled in a row after Gary Lineker mocked his Match Of The Day co-hosts Alan Shearer and Danny Murphy for being bald.

Lineker, who is one of the broadcaster's highest-paid stars, poked fun at his fellow presenters for not having any hair on Saturday night's show.

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He told viewers: 'It's a strong start to the premier league season. Real hair-raising stuff at times… unless you're Alan Shearer and Danny Murphy.'

The camera then focuses on the two men who laugh with their head in their hands.

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But Lineker has now claimed the BBC received complaints over his jibe and is now obliged to investigate.

He told his 7.3million Twitter followers: 'The BBC has received a complaint about bald jokes on @BBCMOTD (genuinely).

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'Very unfair I feel to call @alanshearer @IanWright0 & Danny Murphy jokes.'

The BBC refused to comment on whether it is investigating Lineker's joke, reports the Telegraph. MailOnline has also contacted the corporation.

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It comes after the BBC was forced to admit a news graphic claiming pro-Brexit parties lost the European Elections was a 'lapse of its editorial standards'.

Back in May BBC News reported Remain parties had won 40.4 per cent of the vote and pro-leave parties 34.9 per cent.

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But it only included the Brexit Party and Ukip - failing to take in the Conservative result, which would have seen pro-Brexit parties win overall.

The corporation has extremely strict editorial policy and are under an obligation to give feedback about viewer complaints to programme staff.

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There is a huge focus on diversity, with specific policies that apply to 'gender, disability, ethnicity and sexual orientation'.

However many of Lineker's followers though his joke was...
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