Gary Lineker condemned after Haka jibe on Twitter

Andrew Reid
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England football great Gary Lineker has sparked outrage at the Rugby World Cup after a a derisory comment about New Zealand's Haka.

The former striker, and host of BBC's Match of the Day, weighed in on the Haka during the All Blacks' mauling of Canada at the World Cup.

In a since-deleted social media post, Lineker said it “must be so hard not to laugh at this if you're the opposition," in reference to New Zealand's pre-game tradition.

OITA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 02:  New Zealand players perform the Haka prior to the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group B game between New Zealand and Canada at Oita Stadium on October 02, 2019 in Oita, Japan. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
New Zealand's rugby players perform the Haka before every match - but Lineker wasn't impressed. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

The comments did not go down well with angry fans, while the ever-outspoken Piers Morgan took aim at Lineker as well as his former club Tottenham.

Lineker moved to clarify his initial comment, insisting he never intended to cause offence before deleting the post.

“I’ve deleted the tweet as it wasn’t intended that way in the slightest,” he said.

“I was just wondering why as an opposing sportsmen it would be in anyway intimidating after seeing it for so many years. I should probably have phrased it that way.”

All three Barrett brothers got on the scoresheet as reigning champions New Zealand stormed to their second victory of the Rugby World Cup with a 63-0 bonus point mauling of Canada at Oita Stadium on Wednesday.

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