GARY Lineker sparked a Twitter storm by suggesting he “must be due a pay rise”— despite raking in £1.75m a year as the BBC’s highest paid star.
The Match of the Day host was slammed by social media users, who pointed out that his wages could cover the cost of the TV licence for thousands of pensioners.
Former Tottenham and England striker Lineker, 58, was replying to the official account for the footie highlights show as it marked his twentieth season.
He replied: “Christ! 20 years: must be due a pay rise.”
Twitter users claimed Lineker was “fishing” for a response, while others said he was trolling female presenters.
One wrote: “Pay rise? What about the women at the BBC who work hard?”
Another said: “The arrogance of jug ears— on millions of quid a year for an hour’s work reading a teleprompter plus virtue signalling all day long.”
And one of many users to link his comments to the TV licence row said: “You go get that pay rise Gary, then donate it to everyone who has lost their free TV licences because they have to pay to give you that pay rise in the first place.”
It comes two months after Beeb chiefs said they would be scrapping free TV licences for over-75s, affecting 3.7 million people.
In July, the Corporation was slammed over its £1billion wage bill, with many top stars, including Graham Norton, getting a boost.
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