Lineker suggested that Scott join the new look show, although the BBC did not confirm the date and said “no conversations have taken place” about who will replace Sue Barker.
He tweeted: “Congratulations and good luck to @AlexScott for being the new host of Question Of Sport… If you’re having a problem with Alex getting the job, you could be part of the problem.
Among the derogatory comments that followed, some said if she got the part it would be an exercise to tick the box, while others said the former footballer – who has appeared regularly in Match of the Day – had “no experience” but that “her color becomes her work”.
In response, Scott posted a poem on Instagram that she wrote in 2018 about her career and her fight against racism. He said: “To the color of my skin, I was that girl who played football, because I always wanted to win. I retired from football with medals and honors galore, I retired from football to open a new door.
“Now I’m talking about football live on your TV, some people want to say I tick a box, but that’s not me. Football is football and that’s what I see. Hi, hi, I’m Alex Scott and you know what, football is me. ”
Scott is the last black footballer-turned-expert to be racially abused after speculating that they were going to be given a top-notch presentation post.
Former Manchester City right-back Micah Richards received racist messages after being suggested he and Scott could be on a new panel to replace Matt Le Tissier, Charlie Nicholas and Phil Thompson on the football show from Sky Sports Saturday.
Richards eventually joined Sky’s football coverage as an expert, but he was not part of the new Saturday football roster alongside Sue Smith, Clinton Morrison, Alan McInally and Glen Johnson.
Richards said the tweets he received revealed “uncomfortable truths,” while former Watford and AC Milan striker Luther Blissett said the hypothesis that Scott and Richards were responsible for the sacking of the Saturday football presenters were “ridiculous”.
Former tennis star Sue Barker was sacked earlier this week after 24 years of pitching a sports issue. The program’s team captains, Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell, have also left as part of the overhaul, which comes weeks after Tim Davie became the BBC’s chief executive.
Barker said her time at the helm of the show, which the BBC calls the world’s oldest televised sports quiz, had been a ‘dream job’, but added that she understood that ‘the BBC wants to bring the issue in a new direction ”.