BBC to bring presenter Gary Lineker back on air

Britain's public broadcaster, the BBC, says presenter Gary Lineker will return after he was suspended from a popular soccer show for his political comments on social media.

BBC director-general Tim Davie on Monday offered an apology over a row involving a Twitter post by the former captain of England's soccer team. The post criticized the government's new illegal migration bill.

Davie said an independent expert will review the broadcaster's existing social media guidelines, as "the potential confusion" caused by the guidelines' gray areas is recognized. He said he looks forward to Lineker returning to presenting duties this coming weekend.

Following the latest announcement, Lineker -- who was the leading scorer at the 1986 Mexico World Cup -- tweeted that he cannot wait to get back in the program's chair on Saturday.

He also wrote that, "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."

The BBC's weekend soccer coverage was disrupted following Lineker's suspension, as commentators and other staff walked out in protest. The "Match of the Day" programs were much shorter than usual and had no commentary.

The BBC had said Lineker breached its social media guidelines and its impartiality standards. Critics argued that the broadcaster yielded to pressure from the government.