Gary Lineker ‘to welcome refugee to live in his home’

Match Of The Day host described government response to migrants crossing English Channel as 'heartless and completely without empathy'

Samuel Osborne@SamuelOsborne93
Thursday 03 September 2020 00:05
The former England footballer has reportedly been in touch with charity Refugees at Home
The former England footballer has reportedly been in touch with charity Refugees at Home

Gary Lineker will reportedly welcome a refugee to live with him.

The Match Of The Day host has been critical of the government's response to migrants attempting to cross the English Channel.

The 59-year-old described the response as "heartless and completely without empathy" last month.

The former England footballer has been in touch with charity Refugees at Home, The Mirror reports, and will offer a refugee a place to stay.

He is said to have no idea who he will be living with or where they will be from.

Lineker will reportedly have an interview and a home visit from the charity before his application is approved.

Ex Everton and Spurs striker Lineker said he is "not at all" apprehensive, and told the newspaper: "I have had so much connection with refugees over the last couple of years.

"I have met scores of young -refugees through football schemes and they are genuinely lovely kids and they appreciate any help they can get.

"I'm sure it will be fine. I have been thinking of doing something like that for a while.

"My kids are all grown up so I've got plenty of room so if I can help on a temporary basis then I'm more than happy to do so. Why not?"

Last month Lineker, father to four sons, hinted he was willing to house a refugee after sharing a screenshot from an email from Refugees at Home.

It came after Tory MP Lee Anderson accused Lineker of "virtue signalling" and suggested he should house "the next boat of illegal immigrants".

Additional reporting by Press Association

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