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World Cup 2018 draw in Moscow is hosted by Gary Lineker




  • His 2012 tweet that attacked football governing body’s decision to award tournament to Russia as ‘ever more ludicrous’ seemed to have been deleted
  • Lineker ‘was paid £20,000’ to compere draw ceremony with Russian journalist
  • Russian previously accused of state-sponsored cheating in sport, including when it hosted 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi

Sam Greenhill for the Daily Mail

When Russia was announced as the host of the 2018 World Cup, Gary Lineker was scathing in his criticism.

But yesterday the BBC star seemed to have had a dramatic change of heart, and his 2012 tweet that attacked football governing body Fifa’s decision to award the tournament to Russia as ‘ever more ludicrous’ appeared to have been deleted.

Lineker was all smiles in Moscow as he presented the draw for next year’s World Cup, having accepted £20,000 to rub shoulders with smiling Russian president Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin.

Gary Lineker is believed to have been paid £20,000 by Fifa to compere the draw ceremony – televised to millions around the world – with Russian journalist Maria Komandnaya

Gary Lineker is believed to have been paid £20,000 by Fifa to compere the draw ceremony – televised to millions around the world – with Russian journalist Maria Komandnaya

Gary Lineker is believed to have been paid £20,000 by Fifa to compere the draw ceremony – televised to millions around the world – with Russian journalist Maria Komandnaya

The BBC star seemed to have had a dramatic change of heart, and his 2012 tweet that attacked football governing body Fifa’s decision to award the tournament to Russia as ‘ever more ludicrous’ appeared to have been deleted

The BBC star seemed to have had a dramatic change of heart, and his 2012 tweet that attacked football governing body Fifa’s decision to award the tournament to Russia as ‘ever more ludicrous’ appeared to have been deleted

The BBC star seemed to have had a dramatic change of heart, and his 2012 tweet that attacked football governing body Fifa’s decision to award the tournament to Russia as ‘ever more ludicrous’ appeared to have been deleted

He proudly posted photos on Instagram of himself in an opulent gold-trimmed dressing room which he joked was ‘like Donald Trump’s lift’.

He also posed for sightseeing photos in Red Square and in front of the Tsar Bell, a huge bronze bell commissioned by a niece of Peter the Great. The former England captain even blew out the candles of a cake to mark his 57th birthday, which was presented to him by his Russian hosts.

Mr Putin opened the ceremony with a self-serving speech promising fair play and ‘friendly and honest competition’. 

Russia has previously been accused of state-sponsored cheating in sport, including when it hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Lineker is believed to have been paid £20,000 by Fifa to compere the draw ceremony – televised to millions around the world – with Russian journalist Maria Komandnaya.

He has previously been highly critical of the governing body, tweeting in 2014: ‘It makes you feel sick actually, the whole Fifa thing. The corruption at the top level is nauseous.’ The following year he said Fifa was a ‘revolting organisation’ and in 2016 he called it ‘a disgrace’.

Brushing off accusations of hypocrisy, Lineker said he would not have taken the job if disgraced former Fifa chief Sepp Blatter had not been ousted in 2015.

Tory MP David Davies said: ‘One minute he is having a go at them and the next he is happy to pocket thousands of pounds. It seems a little bit two-faced.’

Brushing off accusations of hypocrisy, Lineker said he would not have taken the job if disgraced former Fifa chief Sepp Blatter had not been ousted in 2015. Above, the ex-England captain even blew out the candles of a cake to mark his 57th birthday, which was presented to him by his Russian hosts

Brushing off accusations of hypocrisy, Lineker said he would not have taken the job if disgraced former Fifa chief Sepp Blatter had not been ousted in 2015. Above, the ex-England captain even blew out the candles of a cake to mark his 57th birthday, which was presented to him by his Russian hosts

Brushing off accusations of hypocrisy, Lineker said he would not have taken the job if disgraced former Fifa chief Sepp Blatter had not been ousted in 2015. Above, the ex-England captain even blew out the candles of a cake to mark his 57th birthday, which was presented to him by his Russian hosts










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Author: Nancy Parker

Nancy Parker is a five time Emmy Award winning journalist and seven time Emmy nominee who has spent almost twenty five years covering news in South Louisiana. She has anchored every prime time newscast at WVUE FOX8 during her twenty year tenure in New Orleans.

Nancy Parker
Nancy Parker is a five time Emmy Award winning journalist and seven time Emmy nominee who has spent almost twenty five years covering news in South Louisiana. She has anchored every prime time newscast at WVUE FOX8 during her twenty year tenure in New Orleans.
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