Gary Lineker shops without face mask – after slating people who don’t wear them

Gary Lineker tonight apologised and blamed 'old age' after he was spotted shopping without a face mask – despite lecturing others for months to wear them.

The 59-year-old Match of the Day presenter was seen wandering round Marks & Spencer perusing the desserts without a covering over his nose and mouth.

It comes after the England football legend spent much of the 2020 pandemic repeatedly telling others to wear masks to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Back in April the BBC star tweeted: "How can there be any debate about whether we should be wearing a mask?

"Even if it's only a one per cent chance of making you safer.

"Even if it is only a one per cent chance of stopping you giving it to someone else.

"Even if it only saves one life then it has to be beneficial."

On July 2 he wrote: "Can't understand why anyone would object to wearing a mask.

"Painless gesture to ensure you don't spread the virus to others, and great for hiding bad breath.''

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And on July 14, he added: "Why would anyone object to wearing a mask in a shop?

"Not exactly a hardship.

"What a country of snowflakes we've become.''

He also tweeted: "Wearing masks, of all things, is the most obvious thing we can do to help decrease the spread of the virus and the smallest of all the sacrifices.

"No brainer.''

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The presenter even posted a photo on Instagram of himself outside the same branch of M&S in Barnes, south-west London, captioned: "I'm taking no chances.''

A 38-year-old shopper who spotted Lineker shopping mask-free on Sunday said: "It's just hypocrisy on another level.

"He had even tweeted a photo of him wearing a mask recently in front of that same M&S store and told people to wear masks in supermarkets.

"If it was anyone else I wouldn't mind so much.

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"But it's frustrating for someone who tries to take the moral high ground as much as he does.''

Tonight Lineker tweeted: "In my old age I went into a store and forgot to put my mask on.

"Was wondering why people were giving me daggers.

"Realised after a couple of minutes and hastily put it on.

"Felt awful and embarrassed.

"Apologies to those present.''

TV comic David Baddiel, 56, replied: "I think we all know you can't get one to fit round your ears."

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