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136: Nicole Lampert: I confronted Gary Lineker in public about his Palestinian tweets

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If I'd been asked which journalist might one day confront Gary Lineker face-to-face about his views on the Israel-Palestinian conflict, I might well have said, "it's going to be Nicole Lampert!", such is her journalistic courage.

And so it was, as Nicole and a small handful of other journalists were invited to a Broadcasting Press Guild Lunch to hear from Lineker about his burgeoning podcast business.

The Press all introduced themselves and Lineker admitted to feeling scared. He was right!

He'd retweeted a BDS demand to ban Israel from international football. He took it down later amid a brou-ha-ha.

Nicole asked him why he'd broken the BBC's social media rules. The usually polite and deferential event suddenly took a turn. There was clapping at the end of Gary's presentation, but Nicole didn't join in the applause, so Gary went to look for her.

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