• Alan, it’s great to be here,

    Lineker said, his voice sounding more hoarse than usual, but he made no other reference to the recent turmoil in his opening remarks

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  • I just need to clear up and wanted to say how upset we were (for) all the audiences who missed out on last weekend,

    Shearer said

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  • Everyone recognises this has been a difficult period for staff, contributors, presenters and, most importantly, our audiences,

    Davie said

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  • I am glad that we have found a way forward,

    he said in the joint statement with Davie

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  • However difficult the last few days have been, it simply doesn’t compare to having to flee your home from persecution or war to seek refuge in a land far away. It’s heartwarming to have seen the empathy towards their plight from so many of you,

    he said

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