Gary Lineker will  be back in the host's chair at Match of the Day this weekend following a climbdown by the hierarchy at the BBC and the initiation of an independent review of the organisation's social media policies.

The former Everton and England striker was asked to step away from his role as presenter of the highlights show after a post to Twitter criticising a new Government policy aimed at the migrant boat crisis where he likened the wording of the Illegal Migration Bill to that of Germany in the 1930s.

BBC director general Tim Davie said: "Everyone recognises this has been a difficult period for staff, contributors, presenters and, most importantly, our audiences.

"I apologise for this."