The controversy began when Gary Lineker, a pundit on the BBC's Match Of The Day programme, criticised the UK government's new asylum policy in a tweet by comparing it to 1930s Germany.
He was taken off-air for this remark.
This decision led to criticism from other football pundits, including Lineker's refusal to appear in solidarity, and subsequently created a row with Sir Keir Starmer, Labour's leader.
During Prime Minister's Questions, Sir Keir accused Conservative MPs of being "snowflake MPs waging war on free speech" and endangering BBC's impartiality.
However, Rishi Sunak, the UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer, accused Sir Keir of "political opportunism" and claimed that he valued the BBC's integrity and impartiality.
The BBC's director general also called for a review of stars' social media use and denied bowing to political pressure.
The BBC's decision to remove Gary Lineker for his comments about the UK government's new asylum policy has escalated into a row between Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer and Conservative MPs.
Sir Keir accused the latter of "waging war on free speech" and endangering the BBC's impartiality, during a session of Prime Minister's Questions.
Conversely, Rishi Sunak called out Sir Keir's "political opportunism" and affirmed his commitment to the BBC's integrity and impartiality.
The BBC's director general dismissed accusations of political pressure and ordered a review of stars' social media use.
All this took place in the context of the controversy that created criticism from other football pundits, which led to Lineker's temporary suspension.