Richard Madeley sparks 'feud' with Gary Lineker as he hits out at host for going to Qatar for BBC World Cup coverage | The Sun

RICHARD Madeley has sparked a "feud" with BBC football pundit Gary Lineker.

The Good Morning Britain host hit out at the former footballer for going to Qatar to present the World Cup coverage.


Richard's co=presenter Susanna Reid explained Gary is facing criticism for being there, but added: "He is of course doing his job."

Richard remarked: "He could do it from here."

He then spoke to Gary directly down the lens, saying: "You could have covered it from here, Gary.

"You've got the same communications, same ear pieces. It's instantaneous coverage that comes via satellite.

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"You don't have to be there. You do not have to be there.

"That statement is known for having it both ways, don't you?"

Susanna appeared to take the opposite view to Richard as she defended the BBC presenter.

"It's important that people do go to cover it. I mean, we have our own teams out in Qatar," Susanna replied.

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But Richard cut in and pointed out: "Covering the news on the issues."

Susanna argued: "Gary might say that by being there and making that statement, that's where the power is.

"It's very easy to sit in here in a studio and make criticisms but to actually be there is actually much stronger."

Refusing to back down, Richard said: "I get that argument, but do you think the Qataris could give a stuff?

"All they care is they've got the World Cup. They don't care what a football commentator says for two minutes before they go on to cover the game."

Kicking off coverage of the World Cup as he spoke live from Qatar, Gary in an opening monologue.

“It’s the most controversial world cup in history, and a ball hasn’t even been kicked,” Gary told viewers.

“Ever since FIFA chose Qatar back in 2010, the smallest country to have hosted football’s greatest competition, has faced some big questions.

“From accusations of corruption in the bidding process to the treatment of migrant workers who built the stadiums where many lost their lives. Homosexuality is illegal here. Women’s rights and freedom of expression are in the spotlight.”

The BBC opted against showing any of the opening ceremony in a move criticised by many on social media

Richard added: "I think that was a bad decision.

"If you're going to go and cover it with qualification and commentary about the situation you're in, you'd surely show the opening ceremony.

"It was an odd political decision."

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