Jurgen Klopp admitted he cannot understand why the BBC has suspended Gary Lineker from his duties on Match of the Day, branding the situation a ‘s***storm’.
The Liverpool boss, who was speaking after his side’s disappointing 1-0 defeat against Bournemouth on Saturday, will not be interviewed by the nation’s flagship football show on Saturday, with pundits, commentators, managers and players refusing to appear in solidarity with Lineker.
The 62-year-old presenter was temporarily dropped as Match of the Day’s presenter on Friday after the BBC decreed his ‘Nazi’ jibe tweet that compared the Home Office’s immigration policy to 1930s Germany breached impartiality rules.
Unclear why the BBC would impose such stringent sanctions on Lineker for simply commenting in favour of human rights, Klopp told BT Sport after the match: ‘That is the world we are living in, everybody is so concerned with doing things in the right manner. If you don’t do that then you create a s***storm.
Jurgen Klopp says he can’t understand why the BBC suspended Gary Lineker from Match of the Day – labelling the situation a ‘s***storm’ in the wake of Liverpool’s 1-0 loss to Bournemouth
Tonight’s episode of Match of the Day is in major doubt, with organisers locked in talks over whether the show can go ahead following mass walkouts in the wake of Gary Lineker’s axing
‘I’m not native but I cannot see why you would ask someone to step back for saying that.
‘But if I understand it right, this is about a message, an opinion, about human rights and that should be possible to say.
‘What I don’t understand is why everybody goes on Twitter and says something.
‘If somebody asks you about your opinion, then you can say your opinion, but I don’t understand the social media part of it.
‘But I’m probably too old for that. So apart from that, no. If I got it right, there’s no reason [to punish Lineker], for me.’
Liverpool’s monumental 7-0 victory over their bitter rivals Manchester United last weekend provided the tonic to a disappointing campaign at Anfield this season.
But old habits crept in once again at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday, as Liverpool were undone by the Premier League’s bottom-placed side, who provisionally climbed out of the relegation zone thanks to Philip Billing’s first-half strike.
Jurgen Klopp admitted Bournemouth deserved their 1-0 victory over Liverpool on Saturday
Commenting on the match, Klopp added: ‘What can I say? It was never really our game. We were dominant in the first half but mostly we put ball in at the wrong moment against a compact side.
‘They had their counter-attacks they wanted to have. I really think the spaces we had to play were super clear, super open.
‘The rest was more or less busy with covering other spaces, we didn’t use that often enough, didn’t enjoy the challenge to face a deep, compact side. It’s clear we cannot get through with all the balls but it was like we didn’t get through and things didn’t work out.
‘Little things which make a massive difference and then we go 1-0 down, not helpful obviously in the counter-attack.
‘They did the same stuff but it was successful enough because we didn’t defend it well and then I thought we started pretty well in the second half and then got the penalty and we missed it and after that we were in a real rush and didn’t create enough really and that’s it.’
As a result of the mass boycotts in solidarity with Lineker, Saturday’s Match of the Day is under major threat – with beleaguered BBC bosses currently discussing whether they can air the show without commentary.
Lineker, who arrived at the King Power to watch Leicester on Saturday following his temporary axing, was told that he either had to stop his politicised tweeting or quit the BBC altogether
Presenter Alex Scott stepped down from her role on Football Focus in solidarity with Lineker
In the backlash that followed the broadcaster’s dropping of the host, commentators and pundits including Alan Shearer and Ian Wright said they would not work on the Saturday-night staple.
Sportsmail understands that the BBC has been unable to secure alternative television commentary for today’s Premier League games and is now considering dropping the show completely from tonight’s schedule.
Mark Chapman refused to host Radio 5 Live Sport while presenters Alex Scott and Kelly Sommers joined the boycott, which has seen Football Focus and Final Score canned.
Cancelling the programme altogether would put the BBC in breach of a £70million-a-year contract with the Premier League.