It comes after the Match of the Day host previously urged others to follow protocols on Twitter, reports the Daily Star.
The former Tottenham striker tweeted in April: ‘How can there be a debate about whether to wear a mask?
“Even if it’s only a 1% chance of making you safer. Even if it’s only a 1% chance of preventing yourself from giving it to someone else. Even if it only saves one life, it must be beneficial.
He then added in July: “I don’t understand why anyone would object to wearing a mask.
“A painless gesture to make sure you don’t spread the virus to others, and ideal for hiding bad breath. ”
And less than two weeks later, he posted: “Why would anyone object to wearing a mask in a store? It’s not really an ordeal. What a land of snowflakes we have become. “
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He also tweeted: “Wearing masks, of all things, is the most obvious thing we can do to help reduce the spread of the virus and the smallest of all sacrifices.
” No problem. ”
Lineker even posted a photo on his Instagram page outside the same Marks and Spencer branch in Barnes, southwest London, captioned: “I’m taking no chances.”
Another buyer who saw Lineker sail without covering his face on Sunday said: “It’s just hypocrisy on another level.
“He even tweeted a photo of himself wearing a mask recently outside that same M&S store and told people to wear masks in supermarkets.
“If it was someone else, I wouldn’t mind too much. But it’s frustrating for someone who tries to live up to morality as much as he does.
Lineker tweeted on Monday: “In my old age I went to a store and forgot to put on my mask. I wondered why people gave me daggers. I realized after a few minutes and hastily put it on.
“I felt awful and embarrassed. My apologies to those present.