BBC silences Gary Lineker after England vs Switzerland "f-bomb" admission

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Gary Lineker hinted that a temporary loss of sound during the BBC's coverage of England's Euro 2024 victory over Switzerland may have been down to his X-rated celebrations.

England were made to work hard for a spot in the European Championship semi-finals, beating Switzerland 5-3 in a penalty shootout having drawn 1-1 after extra-time. The Swiss had been on course for a spot in the last four after Breel Embolo opened the scoring with 15 minutes of normal time remaining, but Bukayo Saka's brilliant effort levelled the contest after 80 minutes.

The two nations could not be separated by full-time, and no goals in the 30 minutes of extra-time meant the game went to a shootout. Manchester City defender Manuel Akanji missed Switzerland's first spot-kick as Jordan Pickford saved the effort to hand England an early advantage.

England's penalty takers were nerveless as Cole Palmer, Jude Bellingham, Saka, Ivan Toney and Trent Alexander-Arnold all found the net to send the Three Lions into a semi-final against either Netherlands or Turkey on Wednesday July 10.

Following the win, the BBC showed footage of England supporters celebrating all over the UK, as well as Prince William in the stadium before showing the pundits in the studio. Lineker said: "This is our embarrassing moment." The BBC then rolled footage of a replay of Lineker celebrating Saka's equaliser alongside BBC pundits Micah Richards, Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand.

Gary Lineker
Gary Lineker celebrates England's equaliser against Switzerland with fellow pundits Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Micah Richards during BBC One's coverage -Credit:BBC

The quartet cheered loudly before the sound suddenly cut out, which prompted Richards to ask: "Where's the sound? Where's the sound (Gaz), what happened?"

Lineker then hinted that the loss of sound was likely down to the BBC following its guidelines on avoiding broadcasting offensive language unless it is editorially justified. The presenter told Richards: "I think, to be honest I think I dropped the f-bomb so..."

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Ferdinand followed up by claiming he knew Saka would score: "I predicted the goal coming, I said: 'He does this at Arsenal!"

Lampard then had a cheeky dig at his former England team-mate, telling Ferdinand: "You spent the whole game doing that though!"

England will now face either Turkey or the Netherlands in the semi-final which is set to take place on Wednesday evening at 8pm.