Gary Lineker has revealed he is welcoming a second refugee to live with him temporarily after having a ‘wonderful experience’ with the first one he helped.
The Match Of The Day host, 60, took a Pakistani student into his home in Surrey last year and has vowed to help another refugee this year.
He told The Sun: ‘The refugee thing, I will never be able to comprehend being attacked for wanting to help people who are being bombed, who are risking their lives jumping on dinghies because they’re so desperate.
‘How can anyone have a total lack of empathy for people in the most dire circumstances?’
Gary revealed: ‘I was actually supposed to take another one a couple of weeks ago, but am just waiting on the paperwork. It wasn’t just a one-off like the public perception was.
‘It’s genuine. I got a lot out of it, and it was just a wonderful experience.’
He revealed last year that he was happy to welcome someone in need into his £4million Surrey home now his kids are all grown up and he has the space to do so.
Gary told The Mirror in September 2020: ‘I have had so much connection with refugees over the last couple of years.
‘I have met scores of young refugees through football schemes and they are genuinely lovely kids and they appreciate any help they can get.’
He added: ‘My kids are all grown up so I’ve got plenty of room so if I can help on a temporary basis then I’m more than happy to do so. Why not?
‘I’m used to young men in my house, I have four lads in their 20s and believe you me, I’m sure they will behave better than my lot do. Bloody messy b****rs boys, aren’t they?’
Gary’s drive to help by accepting a refugee into his own home came after witnessing the plight of those who had made dangerous crossings on inflatable dinghies, in which many have died over recent years.