Fatboy Slim beams Gary Lineker’s face on stage in show of support – and fans go wild

Gary Lineker's face prompted screams of delight from the crowd - TWITTER
Gary Lineker's face prompted screams of delight from the crowd - TWITTER
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Fatboy Slim showed his support for Match Of The Day host Gary Lineker during a live performance on Friday night.

The face of the BBC football pundit appeared as part of the visual effects used in the DJ's set at the O2 Victoria Warehouse, in Manchester.

Other faces including Prince and Greta Thunberg were included as part of the show.

As Lineker's image appeared behind him, Fatboy Slim turned to applaud the pundit, encouraging the crowd to do the same and prompting cheers.

"Enough respect £ImWithGary," the DJ, real name Norman Quentin Cook, said, sharing the video on Twitter.

The broadcaster's son George Lineker retweeted Fatboy Slim's video, saying "that's so elite".

The presenter has become embroiled in a row over impartiality after comparing the language used to launch a new Government asylum policy with 1930s Germany on Twitter.

Earlier on Friday the BBC announced that Lineker would take a break from presenting the highlights programme until an "agreed and clear position" on his use of social media had been reached.

Saturday's Match Of The Day will go ahead without a presenter, pundits and several regular commentators, following the fallout over Gary Lineker's removal from the BBC show.

Former England footballers and MOTD regulars including Alan Shearer and Ian Wright previously announced they would be boycotting the show, in solidarity with Lineker.

Late on Friday evening several of the show's commentators shared a joint statement online, announcing they would also be stepping down from Saturday's broadcast.

"As commentators on MOTD, we have decided to step down from tomorrow night's broadcast," the statement read.

"We are comforted that football fans who want to watch their teams should still be able to do so, as management can use World Feed commentary if they wish.

"However, in the circumstances, we do not feel it would be appropriate to take part in the programme."