Gary Lineker today backed eco morons who stormed the British Grand Prix and brushed off claims their stunt could have seen them ‘sliced into 100 pieces’ and kill a driver, fan or track marshal.
The Match of the Day presenter, 61, who is paid £1.36million-a-year by the BBC, has been accused of encouraging ‘reckless behaviour’ – and flouting the corporation’s impartiality rules – after declaring: ‘History will look back very favourably on these people’.
He also said it was ‘ridiculous’ to claim that the drivers would have kept racing on the track with protesters blocking Silverstone’s Wellington Straight. One critic said in response to Mr Lineker: ‘BBC impartiality rules don’t apply obviously’.
Lewis Hamilton has also thrown his support behind the climate activists, by declaring: ‘Big up the protestors’.
Police arrested seven people after they ran through the trackside fencing and on to the track following a horror crash for Alfa Romeo driver Zhou Guanyu which immediately saw the race red-flagged. That ensured that cars returned to the pit-lane at reduced speed and prevented any fatalities as marshals quickly dragged the protestors from the track.
Climate activist group Just Stop Oil took responsibility for the protest, which drew widespread condemnation, and Lineker has now hailed the efforts of the eco-zealots. Sky’s F1 commentator Martin Brundle is among those who accused Gary Lineker of irresponsibly using his platform as a BBC presenter with 8.5million Twitter followers to support their action.