Gary Lineker has come under criticism for defending his club’s star striker Jamie Vardy over an incident last summer. The Leicester City top goalscorer was filmed calling an Asian man a ‘Jap’ whilst in a casino, and the face of Walkers Crisps moved to defend him.
Lineker claimed that football was generally not racist, and that the striker was most likely caught up in the moment, as a passionate person, who participates in a passionate sport. ‘People make mistakes. They say stupid things. He did it and he apologised.’