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Thursday, 2 December 2010

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One of the Match of the Day pundits has stepped out of line and blasted an unprecedented tirade at the Premier League and football authorities.

The outburst was made during filming of last Saturday's episode but was edited out before broadcast.

EIF News & Features has seen a redacted transcript of the blast which reveals the pundit does not 'toe the line' with BBC football coverage policy.

Asked by presenter-in-chief Gary Lineker if some teams should be criticised for a more cynical style of football he began: "Of course not, Gary - so much depends on Premier League survival these days... it's ridiculous.

(Redacted)

"Hang on... hang on... Yes I blame a lot of people... the Premier League... the football authorities and us in the the media... Yeah, even us at Match of the Day.

"All we're really interested in is a handful of big clubs and the rest can go... (Redacted)

"Look. This is Match of the Day but that match more often than not features a 'big club' whether it's the best game of the day or not.

"And what follows is a Football League show - why does it have to be a different programme? It's bollocks." (Redacted)

Media football expert, Dave Calcio, reckons these off-reservation comments represent the wider mood.

He said: "He certainly has the mood of the supporters - even if the programme producers and football authorities don't like it.

"That Football League programme he mentions - it does look like a poor relation, set in what looks like a warehouse rather than a plush studio. More artisan than art and craft."

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