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By Bulldog Drummond
The game is showing on Sky Sports. It has been announced as being on Radio 5 in the UK, but with the BBC being in dispute with most of its sports staff over having admonished Gary Linnekar I suspect that is unlikely to happen – it quite possibly has been cancelled.
I should explain in case you are a resident outside the UK or are not in the habit of turning your radio or TV on for news broadcasts, Gary Lineker was suspended by the BBC for making comments about the UK government’s policy on immigration. However as soon as this suspension was announced Ian Wright also said he would step down from the show, and then significant numbers of presenters and programme contributors also stood themselves down.
Contributors to and presenters of other shows have stood themselves down.
The position of the BBC is that because it has a legal obligation within its charter to be politically neutral, its staff should not make any statements that could be seen as not being politically neutral – and obviously, the criticism of the government’s position was a deviation from that.
However last month a cross-party group of MPs in the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee said the chairman of the BBC Mr Sharp should himself “consider the impact his omissions will have” on public trust in the broadcaster after “he failed to declare his role as a go-between for the former prime minister in arranging a loan of £800,000 for Borish Johnson MP when applying for the chairman’s job.”
The MPs making this complaint stated that the chairman’s actions “constitute a breach of the standards expected of individuals” applying for prominent public appointments.
Thus the argument is that it seems contradictory that the chairman of the BBC (an organisation which is required to be politically neutral by its charter) could arrange finances for a controversial Conservative MP but a person running a TV show could not make a comment about government policy. And to be clear, Linnekar has not made his comments in his show but on social media, thus revealing them to be his view and not that of the broadcaster.
If matters continue as now it seems as if the BBC will be able to broadcast very little sport – unless it chooses to do so without commentary. Which won’t help much on radio.
Talk Sport won’t give us a team prediction but they do have this piece of information: “Bukayo Saka has generated more chances following a carry (moving 5+ metres with the ball) than any other player in the Premier League this season (44), with the Arsenal winger attempting 21 shots and creating 23 chances for a teammate in this manner.”
Sports Mole give us a team of
White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko;
Odegaard, Partey, Xhaka;
Saka, Martinelli, Nelson
Pain in the Arsenal give the same line up although with a slightly different placement in the midfield – but since the players all move around a lot I don’t think that matters too much.
Here’s the top eight after yesterday’s games
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