Fears growing for BBC star ‘hooked on crisps and nibbles’

Match of the Day anchorman, Gary Lineker, is today facing up to his biggest challenge yet. Because now in the face of an upcoming weekend tabloid exposé, the former England Captain has finally been forced to come clean and admit that he has a major crisps and nibbles problem.

Last night the BBC released a statement saying the star is currently on leave and that they are unable to confirm exactly when, or indeed if, he will be back on our screens in the short-term.

Friends and colleagues alike are said to be relieved that the news is out. Alan Shearer told reporters: ‘It’s been getting terrible. He can hardly get on set these days without at least three jumbo bags of Tyrrell’s inside him and that’s just the start of it. During live matches he sometimes never even bothers his arse watching the game. He just spends the entire game wolfing down bag after bag of whatever he can lay his hands on and then gets a production assistant to write him up some match notes for the autocue.’

Programme pundit, Ian Wright, added: ‘At first it was only the good gear like Walkers, M&S and Kettle Chips, but recently he’s met a lad who works in a cash and carry who can supply him with those cheap 10p bags sold in corner shops. I’ve seen him do in an entire box of 48 just in the space of one match.’

Meanwhile the hashtag #PrayForGaryLineker has been trending on Twitter all day

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