LONDON – Former England striker Gary Lineker presented the start of Britain's best-known soccer show wearing only a pair of white shorts, after a bet he made last season about Leicester City's chances of winning the Premier League.
Millions of BBC TV viewers watched as Lineker introduced the first Match of the Day of the new season on Saturday night. His only clothing looked like a pair of boxer shorts with a Leicester logo — one of Lineker's former clubs.
Last December, when Leicester had surprisingly led the standings after narrowly avoiding relegation the previous season, Lineker tweeted "YES! If Leicester win the @premierleague I'll do the first MOTD of next season in just my undies."
Leicester went on to defy pre-season odds of 5,000-1 to win the title in one of the biggest upsets in sports.
Fifteen minutes before the show started on BBC One, Lineker tweeted "this is strangely terrifying".
When the Leicester game finished and the show returned to the studio, Lineker remained stripped in his chair. However, he reappeared shortly afterward fully dressed.