The former footballer waded into the situation on social media and immediately regretted it, deleting a tweet about nuclear deterrents posted on Thursday afternoon.
While he later explained that he was trying to make a wider point about nuclear weapons, Lineker admitted that his initial post had been too “ambiguous” and subsequently erased the message.
“All those trillions spent on a so called nuclear deterrent. Madness,” he initially wrote.
Deleted my tweet re Nuclear weapons as it was too ambiguous & therefore misinterpreted. To be clear it was a general wish that nukes didn\u2019t exist anywhere. They may have stopped wars, although hypothetical, thus far, but it only needs one madman to launch one, & we\u2019re all screwed
— Gary Lineker \ud83d\udc99 (@Gary Lineker \ud83d\udc99)