Match of the Day 2 is set to follow its flagship sister programme Match of the Day by going ahead in a “much reduced” format tonight as the BBC crisis goes on.

Match of the Day was broadcast using only a simplified 20-minute highlights package on Saturday evening after presenters, analysts and commentators pulled out of a raft of BBC Sport’s coverage in solidarity with Gary Lineker, who was stood down for criticising government policy on Twitter.

Match of the Day 2 was set to be presented by Mark Chapman but the BBC’s sports editor, Dan Roan, said on Sunday morning that the show was likely to be stripped back, along with coverage of the Women’s Super League.

“At this stage BBC expecting the planned WSL match between Chelsea and Manchester United this afternoon to be on BBC2, but with no pre-match presentation,” Roan tweeted. “Expecting MOTD2 to follow similar much-reduced format to MOTD last night.”

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