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Former England striker Gary Lineker reveals he’s welcoming another refugee to his home

ary Lineker says he is about to welcome another refugee to his home after the “wonderful experience” of doing so before.

The presenter of the day and former England striker welcomed a refugee to his home in Surrey last year.

He told The Sun he couldn’t “understand” the people who criticized him for wanting to help “people who get bombed, who risk their lives by jumping on canoes.”

He said: “I was supposed to take another one a few weeks ago, but I’m just waiting for the papers. It was not a one-off event like the public perception was.

“It’s authentic. I enjoyed it a lot, and it was just a wonderful experience.

Lineker said he was still in contact with the law student, called Rasheed, who was introduced to him through the Refugees At Home charity.

The youngster from the mountainous region of Balochistan between Pakistan and Iran stayed with Lineker for 20 days while studying law in the UK.

Lineker, who has played for clubs like Leicester City hometown team, Tottenham Hotspur and Barcelona during his career, defended his decision to go to Qatar to cover the World Cup for the BBC despite his opposition to the regime there.

Groups, including Amnesty International, have pointed out that migrant workers have been abused while building stadiums for matches, but Lineker has said he will not support the regime.

He said, “We shouldn’t be there, but it’s there, and I’ll report from there.” Will I be supporting the Qatar World Cup in a way?

“No, because they have too many fundamental human rights wrongs. I know all about it. Am I going to do any stuff for Qatar in the World Cup? Absolutely not. No matter what they wanted to pay me, the answer would be no. But I’m going to go there and bring home the World Cup for the BBC.


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