The 66-year-old football pundit will be back on screens from 12pm today to bring the latest scores on Soccer Saturday. He has made a career out of creating hilarious TV moments, including his encounter with Chris Kamara during the analysts’ infamous blunder after not realising a player had been sent off during a match between Portsmouth and Blackburn Rovers. But in a rare political outburst, Mr Stelling turned his analysis to the Government’s coronavirus briefings last year.
Writing on Twitter, he stated: “Does not matter which way you voted – everyone can surely see the Government press conferences are nothing more than self-serving propaganda.
“This is a Government which got it horrifically wrong trying desperately to cover its tracks and always hide behind the science.”
But his comments did not go down well with followers, with some seemingly giving him a yellow card.
One wrote: “Stick to the weekend job, Jeff.”
Another added: “Stay in your lane please, Jeff.”
A third stated: “I like you a lot, but rethink that. They stood up for the job when most won’t. In unprecedented times doing the best they can with our Premier League going on life support in between.”
But a fourth went one step further.
It stated: “Football commentators are now so well qualified to dismiss Government scientists even with their years of medical experience.”
But that response seemed to rattle the usually calm headed Mr Stelling, who stood his ground on his right to an opinion.
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Making light of the situation, Mr Stelling welcomed viewers to the show once again, saying: “The Premier League is back, the Football League is back, Soccer Saturday is back, I’m back, Merse is back.”
Then, he said “but not everyone is back,” before adding after a dramatic pause: “The crowds are not back.”
This cheeky remark was picked up by analysts, including the MailOnline’s Chris Wheeler who called it a “nice, if contrived, nod to the controversy” following the axing of Le Tissier, Thompson and Nicholas.
Replacing them, were Paul Merson, Tim Sherwood, Tony Pulis, Glen Johnson, Clinton Morrison and Sue Smith.
Wheeler argued that with BT Sports’ similar score show being “woke for a while now,” Soccer Saturday had opted to follow a similar route.
And online commenters seemed to agree, with one saying Sky had “bowed to the woke and Leftie brigade”.