Published On: Sat, Sep 5th, 2020

Gary Lineker to take in refugee to live with him at home | Ents & Arts News

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Former England footballer Gary Lineker is set to welcome a refugee to live in his home with him.

The 59-year-old has been consistently critical of the government’s response to migrants crossing the English Channel.

In August, the Match Of The Day host said the government had been “heartless and completely without empathy” in its response.

Lineker is now preparing to welcome a refugee into his home, according to The Daily Mirror.

It comes after a record 409 people reached the UK after crossing the Channel on Wednesday.

Migrants on beach with border force officers.

Migrants arrive on Dover beach

Lineker told the newspaper he would have a home visit from the charity Refugees at Home to assess his house.

He said he did not know who his new guest would be or where they are from.

“I have had so much connection with refugees over the last couple of years,” he told The Daily Mirror.

“I have met scores of young refugees through football schemes and they are genuinely lovely kids and they appreciate any help they can get.

“I’m sure it will be fine. I have been thinking of doing something like that for a while.

“My kids are all grown up so I’ve got plenty of room, so if I can help on a temporary basis then I’m more than happy to do so. Why not?”

Conservative MP Lee Anderson last month accusing Lineker of “virtue signalling”, saying he should take in “the next boat of illegal immigrants”.

He responded by posting a screenshot of his email from Refugees at Home.

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