Micah Richards has backed Ian Wright and Alan Shearer after the Match of the Day hosts pulled out of the show in ‘solidarity’ with Gary Lineker.
The former Manchester City defender, who is now a pundit on the BBC show, took to Twitter to express his support for the trio.
Richards wrote: “Solidarity with @GaryLineker, @IanWright0 and @alanshearer. We stand together.”
The move comes after Lineker announced he would not be appearing on the show this weekend in protest at the BBC’s decision to cut the salaries of some of its top earners.
The former England striker said he was “uncomfortable” with the decision and that he would not be appearing on the show until the issue was resolved.
Wright and Shearer followed suit, with the former Arsenal striker tweeting: “I stand with @GaryLineker and will not be appearing on @BBCMOTD this weekend.”
The move has been widely praised, with many people taking to social media to express their support for the trio.
Richards’ tweet has been liked more than 10,000 times, with many people thanking him for his support.
The BBC has come under fire in recent weeks for its decision to cut the salaries of some of its top earners, including Lineker, who is the highest-paid presenter on the network.
The BBC has said that the cuts are necessary in order to “protect jobs and services”, but many have criticised the decision, arguing that it is unfair to target the highest earners while other staff are facing pay cuts or job losses.
Richards’ tweet is a show of solidarity with Lineker, Wright and Shearer, and a reminder that the BBC’s decision has been widely criticised.
The former Manchester City defender has been a regular on Match of the Day since joining the show in 2017, and his support for the trio is sure to be welcomed by many.