Gary Lineker calls on Elon Musk to act as son subjected to vile messages

Gary Lineker has asked Twitter’s CEO Elon Musk if a threatening tweet sent to his son George is acceptable.

The football pundit, who yesterday confirmed he’d be returning to the BBC after stepping off air because of tweets he published about the UK government’s immigration policy, publicly sent Elon a message his 31-year-old son had received in which a social media user said he should be ‘burned at the stake’.

The message sent to George read: ‘Your a mug how dare you stick up for what your s**those of a dad said you need to be burned at the stake.’ [sic]

Posting the message on his own Twitter page, George wrote: ‘Social media’s mad isn’t it. Over the last few days, on insta – never had so many nice messages. On Twitter – never had so much abuse. It’s not even anything to do with me.’

Retweeting his son’s message and copying in Elon, Gary added: ‘Is this acceptable @Twitter @elonmusk ? And I don’t mean the grammar.’

George has publicly supported his famous dad, 62, who sparked intense debates over the BBC’s impartiality rules when he compared the Home Office’s migrant boat policy to Nazi Germany on Twitter last week, sparking both widespread praise and criticism.

While Gary said that he stood by his social media post, it was revealed that he’d been asked to step back from presenting Match of the Day on Saturday, March 11. has reached out to Musk and Twitter for comment.

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