Gary Lineker apologises for 'insensitive' Brussels attacks tweet
Gary Lineker has apologised after he sparked outrage over a football-related pun referring to the Brussels terror attacks.
England manager Roy Hodgson tried to reassure fans ahead of matches against Germany and Holland by telling a press conference: "We have people around us who work very hard to make sure we are secure."
The comment was tweeted by The Times's football writer Henry Winter.
Match of the Day host Lineker replied to Winter's tweet, saying: "I think we all worry about our defence", a pun referring to a football team's defence.
I think we all worry about our defence. https://t.co/1Sry4fDBow— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) March 25, 2016
But Twitter users failed to see the funny see of Lineker's light-hearted reference to the Brussels attacks in which at least 32 people were killed and 270 injured.
One Twitter user said "not really something to make jokes about", while another said "poor that, pretty insensitive".
Another social media user condemned Lineker, who has 4.6million followers on Twitter, by tweeting: "First time I've ever disagreed with your humour. Not the time or place."
The former England striker has since taken to Twitter to try and make amends for what was clearly a joke gone wrong.
Apologies for my tweet about England's defence. It was not intended to be disrespectful or in the context it's been taken. Sorry my mistake.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) March 26, 2016