Gary Lineker's FA Cup final coverage receives 124 official complaints to BBC

BBC Sport’s coverage of the FA Cup final was met with 124 official complaints over alleged bias in favour of Leicester City.

Gary Lineker hosted the Wembley broadcast as Youri Tielemans’ stunning long-range effort fired the Foxes to a 1-0 victory over Chelsea earlier this month.

The Match of the Day presenter celebrated the winner raucously and was clearly fighting back tears at full-time as his boyhood club won the FA Cup for the first time in their history.

Lineker’s heartfelt performance in the studio was not universally appreciated, however, and the BBC received 124 complaints from fans unhappy with the broadcast.

Lineker hosted the BBC's coverage of the Wembley showdown between his former club and Chelsea
Lineker hosted the BBC’s coverage of the Wembley showdown between his former club and Chelsea

That’s according to The Sun , although it is unclear which particular moments were the source of the grievances.

As well as celebrating Leicester’s goal, Lineker opened up on the significance of the cup win during an emotional outpouring after the match.

“Unbelievable, fantastic scenes,” he said. “Extraordinary for all the Leicester supporters here watching this, it’s been such a long time.

“It’s the one they’ve wanted, they won the title just a few years ago of course – that was the biggest miracle of all.”

Lineker momentarily struggled to maintain his composure before adding: “My dad went to all four finals, I wish he was still here, I hope he’s watching somewhere, I hope so…

“I was here 52 years ago, not exactly the same stadium. I had a different emotion on that occasion and I thought I was going to suffer a terrible fate again, but VAR saved the day for Leicester.”

Leicester had a major scare in the closing stages but Ben Chilwell’s late equaliser was chalked off for offside following a VAR check.

In the aftermath, Lineker – who scored 103 goals for the Foxes – took to Twitter to write : “I f*****g love VAR.

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The FA Cup final was an emotionally-charged event for everyone associated with Leicester.

The club’s owner, Aiyawatt ‘Top’ Srivaddhanaprabha, took charge after his father, Vichai, tragically died in a helicopter crash in 2018, and celebrated with his players and manager Brendan Rodgers on the pitch.

“And a word on the owners,” said Lineker.” A massively emotional moment for him – his father was lost obviously in that helicopter crash three years ago.

“He’s come in, he’s carried on the great work of his father. He’ll be remembered today by all the Leicester fans, Vichai.”

Lineker was joined in the studio by former England internationals Ian Wright, Alan Shearer and Ashley Cole – who played for Chelsea.

Guy Mowbray was on lead commentary duty with former Tottenham and Three Lions midfielder Jermaine Jenas in the supporting role.

Ahead of the match, may fans who would otherwise have been neutral may have sided with Leicester due to the European Super League debacle.

Chelsea were one of the 12 founding members of the controversial breakaway league but performed a drastic U-turn following mass backlash to the proposals.


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