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Gary Lineker reacts after MOTD is criticised for coverage of Dele Alli tackle

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Manchester City continued their march towards the 2017-18 Premier League title on Saturday evening as they beat Tottenham 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium.

Raheem Sterling scored twice, but it was Kevin de Bruyne who stole the show yet again, not only with his goal, but with his energy, work-rate and outstanding technical quality.

The Belgian midfielder, in the form of his life, grabbed all the headlines, but one of them was for a controversial moment involving Spurs' Dele Alli.

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The young Englishman produced a horribly late stamp on De Bruyne's ankle and the majority of football fans were in disbelief as to how he avoided a red card.

Gary Lineker discussed the incident on BBC's Match of the Day, and he's now hit back at one supporter's strong criticism of the way in which it was covered.

DT calls out Lineker

ArsenalFanTV's DT is infamous for his outspoken interviews on the popular YouTube channel and never hesitates when it comes to sharing his opinion.

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Of course, the fact that the person in question plays for Arsenal's bitter rivals would have fuelled DT even more, and he called out Lineker on Twitter, as you can see below.

The Gunners fan accused the Match of the Day presenter, who was joined by Ian Wright and Martin Keown, of laughing off Alli's terrible tackle, and, to a certain extent, he was right.

On the tackle, Keown said: "Listen, that's a really bad challenge," to which Lineker replied: "Watch those paintbrushes, Dele!", causing Wright to burst out in laughter.

Lineker reacts to "MOTD bias"

As you'd expect, Lineker responded to DT's criticism by hitting back with a couple of tweets of his own, defending the MOTD pundits as well as citing De Bruyne's post-match interview.

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Check out the 57-year-old's replies below:

According to Lineker, those types of challenges "generally don't do too much damage", and he also said we should respect De Bruyne's view, since the City star "had no problem" with it.

Even though Dele wasn't dismissed, it didn't stop Pep Guardiola's men from opening up a 14-point gap over Manchester United ahead of the busy festive period.

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What do YOU make of MOTD's coverage of Dele's foul on De Bruyne, as well as the opinions of both DT and Lineker? Have YOUR say in the comments box below!

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Kevin De Bruyne
Gary Lineker
Ian Wright
Manchester City
Premier League
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