After the BBC released a statement earlier this week confirming Lineker's reinstatement, he released a brief message on social media. It read: "After a surreal few days, I’m delighted that we have navigated a way through this.
"I want to thank you all for the incredible support, particularly my colleagues at BBC Sport, for the remarkable show of solidarity. football is a team game but their backing was overwhelming.
"I have been presenting sport on the BBC for almost 3 decades and am immeasurably proud to work with the best and fairest broadcaster in the world. I cannot wait to get back in the MOTD chair on Saturday."