Gary Lineker, the top-earning presenter at the BBC, has announced that he will temporarily step back from presenting Match of the Day until he and the broadcaster can agree on his use of social media.
The decision was made following Lineker's response on social media to a Home Office video in which the Home Secretary introduced the Government's plans to stop migrants from crossing the Channel on small boats.
The corporation has been grappling with the presenter's tweets for several years, with some viewers accusing him of ignoring impartiality guidelines.
The presenter maintains that as a freelancer, he is not bound to these regulations.
Gary Lineker has announced that he will temporarily stop presenting Match of the Day until an agreement can be reached between him and the BBC over his social media use.
The decision followed Lineker's tweets in response to a video made by the Home Office in which the Home Secretary discussed the Government's plans to prevent migrants from crossing the Channel by boat.
The BBC reportedly took issue with Lineker's comments, which some viewers thought contravened impartiality guidelines.
Lineker has previously defended himself against such claims, stating that as a freelancer he is not bound by these rules.
Despite this, it appears the controversy over his online behaviour has come to a head, leading to the announcement that he will take a break from his presenting duties until an agreement can be reached.