Match of the Day 2 expected to be broadcast in 'much-reduced' format amid Lineker row

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Match of the Day 2 coverage is expected to be "much-reduced" as the fallout from the Gary Lineker BBC row continues.

BBC Two will also broadcast the Women's Super League Chelsea v Manchester United match using world feed commentary - without presenter or pundits around the coverage of the game.

It is the second day the BBC has been forced to reduce its sports coverage.

The BBC News sports editor Dan Roan said on Twitter: "At this stage BBC expecting the planned WSL match between Chelsea and Manchester United this afternoon to be on BBC2, but with no pre-match presentation.

"Expecting MOTD2 to follow similar much-reduced format to MOTD last night."

On Saturday, Football Focus and Final Score were taken off the air and Match Of The Day - usually presented by Lineker - was just 20 minutes long with no commentary or analysis and without even its distinctive theme tune.

The programmes were hit after sports presenters and pundits - including Ian Wright, Alan Shearer, Jason Mohammad and Alex Scott - said they would not work, in solidarity with Lineker, who was suspended after tweeting criticism of the government's new asylum seeker bill.

However, Match of the Day was watched by 2.5 million people - up nearly half a million compared to the previous week.

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