Match of the Day host Gary Lineker has ended up deleting an offensive tweet about the Irish Potato Famine.
The former England striker initially posted a picture of several brands of crisps in his changing room, joking about how annoyed he was that none of them were Walkers – a brand he has represented for many years.
This ended up resulting in the exchange below with an Irish crisp brand, Mr Tayto, before Lineker took things a bit far with a joke about fighting over potatoes that seemed to quite clearly allude to the Great Famine that led to around 1 million deaths…
This led to a furious backlash on Twitter, with many users clearly unimpressed with this attempt at humour by Lineker, who has now deleted the incriminating tweet that we’ve got in the screen shot above.
Here are just some tweets that should give you an idea of how this tweet from Lineker went down…
A cheeky little joke and a wink emoji about Irish genocide there from Mr Lineker, sure why not ay
— Paul (@Hea1y) June 17, 2021
— Barry O'Sullivan (@barrysul) June 17, 2021
I hope Gary lineker visits Ireland some day soon ?
— Jack ?? (@UtdJack22) June 17, 2021
Lineker is currently drafting the worst apology of all time isn't he
— Jamie (@ArcheryContest) June 17, 2021
I don’t think he understands just how serious the potato famine was
— ?? (@ftbIandrew) June 17, 2021
Gary’s had a stinker here https://t.co/agFuP3kSG2
— Naldo (@NaldoUtd) June 17, 2021
Haha famine, funny one big man
— Matt????????? (@matthew_lickley) June 17, 2021