If you happened to catch 'Match of the Day' over the weekend, you'll have noticed that it was a very different - and much quieter - broadcast than usual.

There was no commentary or punditry woven into Saturday's show because Gary Lineker had been temporarily removed from the programme.

As you may know, Lineker shared his views on the UK government's proposed Illegal Migration Bill, calling it "immeasurably cruel" and saying that the language used around it was "not dissimilar to that used by Germany in the '30s."

However, the BBC suspended him from his duties for what they deemed a breach of its guidelines - i.e. presenters on any programme must remain impartial at all times.

The BBC's move caused a backlash and led to Lineker's fellow pundits, including Ian Wright, to refuse to appear on the show in solidarity with him.

Now, it has been revealed that Lineker will be reinstated in his role as MOTD presenter this Saturday, with the BBC directly apologising to him. It is believed that he will be allowed to tweet with no restrictions, going forward.

He took to Twitter this morning to share the news, saying: "After a surreal few days, I'm delighted that we have navigated a way through this. I want to thank you all for the incredible support, particularly my colleagues at BBC Sport, for the remarkable show of solidarity. Football is a team game but their backing was overwhelming.

"A final thought: however difficult the last few days have been, it simply doesn't compare to having to flee your home from persecution or war to seek refuge in a land far away. It's heartwarming to have seen the empathy towards their plight from so many of you," he continued.

"We remain a country of predominantly tolerant, welcoming and generous people."

The BBC's Director-General Tim Davie also released a statement, which you can read below.