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Gary Lineker admits regret as BBC 'sportswashed' by Russia 2018 World Cup amid Qatar fury

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Gary Lineker, 61, has spoken about the BBC being “sportswashed” after choosing to condemn the World Cup for being held in Qatar at the weekend.The star has admitted he also failed to see the controversial elements of the tournament back in 2018, which was held in Russia.

Gary expressed how he felt the BBC should have spoken up about Russia back then, and that he feels “uncomfortable” when he thinks about the “sportswashing” that occurred from the broadcaster.Reflecting on his stance four years ago, Gary suggested he regretted not calling out Russia in the same way he has done with Qatar.

He added that the BBC had not done enough to tackle the controversies of the 2018 host nation at the time.“I think we were sportswashed four years ago, when it was in Russia,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Media Show.

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