The sports broadcaster took to Twitter to jibe at Foreign Secretary Liz Truss for her statement that an English team should boycott the match if they were to make it to the Champions League final in St Petersburg. Ms Truss said on LBC of the final: “If I was on an English team, I would boycott it.”
Mr Lineker took the opportunity to criticise Ms Truss for the UK’s stance on Russia.
He said in a sarcastic tweet: “Put the pressure on young footballers to take a tough stance on Russia, as the government doesn’t take a tough stance on Russia.”
In response to Russia’s movement of troops into regions of Ukraine that Putin recognised on Monday as independent separatist areas, the UK hit Russia with sanctions against Russian oligarchs.
Ms Truss said: “This first wave of sanctions will hit oligarchs and banks close to the Kremlin. It sends a clear message that the UK will use our economic heft to inflict pain on Russia and degrade their strategic interests.
“These will be surgically targeted sanctions that will hit Russia hard.”