Gary Lineker keeps promise, strips on TV


PETALING JAYA: Former England striker Gary Lineker wore a pair of shorts, and nothing else, as he presented BBC’s Match of the Day on the first day of the English Premier League season yesterday, The Guardian reported.

He fulfilled his promise to present the show in his underwear, following a tweet he had sent last December – @GaryLineker: “YES! If Leicester win the @premierleague I’ll do the first MOTD of next season in just my undies”.

Leicester City, where Lineker played early in his career, eventually won the title in May against all the odds, 5000-to-1 to be exact as at the start of last season.

During the first half-hour of the programme, Lineker appeared in what appeared to be a large pair of white shorts with a Leicester City logo on the front, and nothing else, according to the UK daily.

Lineker, 55, later changed into his standard wear, a full suit and pants, for the remainder of the show.

“It is a one-off and a sporting miracle that has landed me in my underwear,” The Guardian quoted Lineker as saying.

He had avoided the issue of fulfilling the promise of wearing underwear on the show until Friday.

“We’ll have to wait and see what happens,” he told The Guardian, adding: “It depends on how cold the studio is. If they get it nice and cosy, it might just work.”

When the former Tottenham striker made the tweet last December, Leicester were at the top of the league, but were still rated as outsiders. It was oly two months later, when bookmakers finally took notice and made the Foxes favourites to win the title.

Lineker introduced the defending champions first game of the season, which they lost to newly-promoted Hull City, 2-1.