Gary Lineker apologises as he’s seen shopping without face mask

Gary Lineker was full of apologies after he was seen shopping without a face mask.

The Match of the Day host was pictured in a branch of Marks & Spencer, in Barnes, over the weekend – but failed to wear a face covering.

Taking to Twitter, the 59-year-old explained that he simply ‘forgot’ to put a face covering on, and apologised to everyone present.

‘In my old age, I went into a store and forgot to put my mask on,’ he penned. ‘Was wondering why people were giving me daggers.

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‘Realised after a couple of minutes and hastily put it on. Felt awful and embarrassed.

‘Apologies to those present.’

Wearing a face mask is now compulsory in most indoor settings, including supermarkets, shops and public transport.

Those who do not comply could face a £200 fine if they don’t have a valid reason.

According to the Daily Star, the shopper who saw Gary fumed: ‘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,’ they added. ‘But it’s frustrating for someone who tries to take the moral high ground as much as he does.’

Gary has previously taken aim at those who refuse to wear masks on social media, blasting any ‘debate’ around them.

The BBC star previously tweeted: ‘Why would anyone object to wearing a mask in a shop? Not exactly a hardship.

‘What a country of snowflakes we’ve become.’

In another post, he added: ‘How can there be any debate about whether we should be wearing a mask?

‘Even if it’s only a one per sent 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.’

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