Gary Linker has cancelled his Sunday appearance on Match of the Day Live due to losing his voice, BBC Sports has said. 

Lineker had returned to presenting duties on Saturday after he was taken off air by the BBC last weekend, after comparing the Government’s asylum-seeker policy with Nazi Germany. 

Former England player and presenter Alex Scott will now be hosting the coverage of Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final between Brighton & Hove Albion and Grimsby Town on Sunday afternoon instead. 

A post by BBC Sport on Twitter said: “Due to illness, we’ve got a line-up change for today’s live FA Cup coverage of Brighton v Grimsby on BBC One.

“As viewers will have noticed yesterday, Gary Lineker was struggling with his voice and unfortunately it has deteriorated overnight.

“Alex Scott will be hosting instead.”

‘I’ve been silenced...’

Following the announcement, Lineker wrote on Twitter: “I’ve been silenced... literally, by a nasty cold so, annoyingly, won’t be working at @officialbhafc this afternoon.”

The 62-year-old rejoiced on Saturday at “the joys of being allowed to stick to football” as he returned to present Match of the Day Live: The FA Cup.

Lineker made no direct reference to the row that previously forced him off the air. 

Instead, he simply said “it’s great to be here”, although viewers will have noticed he sounded hoarse. 

On Monday, BBC director-general Tim Davie confirmed the corporation had commissioned an independent review of its social media guidelines, particularly for freelancers, after the backlash it received by taking Lineker off air.

He also apologised for what he acknowledged had been “a difficult period” after BBC Sport staff and commentators walked out in support of Lineker, which meant key shows were significantly shorter than usual and aired without presentation or commentary last weekend.

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