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Resilient Gary Lineker has hit back at Twitter trolls claiming he should host war veterans and not refugees at his luxury home.
The former England striker pledged to welcome a refugee into his house earlier this month having been highly critical of the government's handling of migrant crossings.
Match of the Day presenter Lineker subsequently posted an image online that showed he had offered to host a guest, but has now questioned whether he would be limited in the amount of people he can bring in.
His response came after the government announced that social gatherings of more than six people will be illegal from Monday following a rise in coronavirus cases in England.
Lineker, 59, wrote: “Does this mean I can only have 5 refugees in my house?”
But his words promoted a series of replies that were both in favour of and against his position, with many suggesting that he should offer to welcome homeless veterans instead.
One Twitter user said: “Why not help the homeless and financially destitute from this country.”
But Lineker quipped back: “I do. Do you?”
A second responded: “Or 5 homeless veterans.”
But Lineker immediately hit back, saying: “I support them financially through charities. I’m sure you do the same.”
A third Twitter user said: “Why can’t you help the homeless out Gary? What about the homeless veterans living on the streets, are they not worth your help?”
Lineker has been active in his support of refugees for several years, having said back in 2017: “I will continue to speak up for refugees and immigrants and British values of tolerance and free speech. I won't be bullied by them.”
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Lineker, who won the Golden Boot at the 1986 World Cup, has also stated that the government’s response to the ongoing migrant crossings has been “heartless and completely without empathy”.
It comes after a record 416 people reached the UK on September 3, the majority of which had reached Dover on small boats.
The previous most stood as 235, which took place in August of this year.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson had called the UK a "target and magnet” for people traffickers, and has now promised to change to law to assist in dealing with the crisis.
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