Gary Lineker absent from BT Sport’s coverage of Man City’s clash with PSG

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Gary Lineker misses BT Sport’s coverage of Man City’s clash with PSG after a crew member working on Real Madrid against Chelsea on Tuesday night tested positive for Covid-19 – with Jake Humphrey coming in late.

  • Gary Lineker had to miss BT Sport’s coverage of Manchester City vs PSG
  • A member of the BT crew who was working 24 hours earlier tested positive for Covid-19
  • Lineker led the coverage of Chelsea’s Champions League draw with Real Madrid
  • He tweeted: ‘It was decided to be extremely careful and tested before coming back’
  • Jake Humphrey filled in for Lineker for Wednesday night’s European coverage

Gary Lineker had to miss BT Sport’s Champions League coverage Wednesday night after a member of the team involved in Tuesday night’s production tested positive for the corona virus.

Lineker, BT Sport’s Champions League host, was in the studio on Tuesday night for Chelsea’s 1-1 semi-final first leg draw with Real Madrid alongside Rio Ferdinand, Joe Cole and Steve McManaman.

Lineker was due to appear on screen again on Wednesday evening for Manchester City’s first leg with Paris Saint-Germain, but was resigned while waiting for the results of his own Covid test.

Gary Lineker had to miss the broadcast of BT Sport in the Champions League on Wednesday

Gary Lineker had to miss the broadcast of BT Sport in the Champions League on Wednesday

Lineker tweeted: 'It was decided to be extremely careful and get tested before going back to work'

Lineker tweeted: 'It was decided to be extremely careful and get tested before going back to work'

Lineker tweeted: ‘It was decided to be extremely careful and get tested before going back to work’

BT’s Premier League and Europa League presenter Jake Humphrey posted on Twitter that he would instead anchor the coverage from the studios in Stratford, East London.

Lineker wrote: “Very disappointed to not be on BT Sport for such a great game tonight.

A belated shout after a positive Covid test to a key member of our team.

“Obeying our strict social distance guidelines, but it was decided to be extremely careful and tested before returning to work.”

BT's Premier League presenter Jake Humphrey came in for Lineker on Wednesday

BT's Premier League presenter Jake Humphrey came in for Lineker on Wednesday

BT’s Premier League presenter Jake Humphrey came in for Lineker on Wednesday

Humphrey revealed that he would be hosting BT's coverage just before the show aired

Humphrey revealed that he would be hosting BT's coverage just before the show aired

Humphrey revealed that he would be hosting BT’s coverage just before the show aired

After revealing the news, Lineker took to social media again to post a tweet reviewing BT Sport coverage from home, alongside the caption, ‘Well, this is different’.

Humphrey was joined in the studio on Wednesday by experts Owen Hargreaves, Joleon Lescott and Joe Hart.

When Humphrey revealed he would be filling in for Lineker, Humphrey wrote on Twitter just before the airing started: ‘On the air at 7 p.m. Apologies in advance, it’s not @GaryLineker – you’re getting the not-so-super-sub. ‘

The stand-in host then said at the start of Wednesday’s broadcast: ‘There is no Gary Lineker tonight, because unfortunately one of last night’s teams got a positive COVID test result today.

Lineker later posted a photo of him watching BT Sport coverage from home

Lineker later posted a photo of him watching BT Sport coverage from home

Lineker later posted a photo of him watching BT Sport coverage from home

“As a precaution, we have decided that no one on yesterday’s team will return until they have been tested and declared completely safe to do so.”

Lineker was joined by Rio Ferdinand, Joe Cole and Steve McManaman during Tuesday night’s broadcast of Real Madrid against Chelsea.

The former England striker revealed he had his first Covid shot in February, when he joked on Twitter: ‘Had the vaccine and lost Root & Stokes while I shot. Nobody said anything about those side effects. ‘

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