BBC golden boy, Gary Lineker, is today rumoured to be in hiding and tackling his biggest challenge yet. In the face of an upcoming expose in this weekend's Sunday People, it's believed that the former England star has finally admitted that he has a crisps problem.
Friends and colleagues alike are said to be relieved that the news is out. Last night Lineker's MotD co-presenter, Alan Hansen, commented, "Thank god it's finally out there because the strain was becoming unbearable. Just lately he could hardly get on set without wolfing down at least three jumbo bags of Sensations and that was just for starters.
On live shows he never bothered his arse watching the game. He just spent the entire two halves scoffing bag after bag of whatever he could get his hands on and then blagging his summing-up at the end."
And Alan Shearer confirms, "At first it was only really good gear like Walkers, M&S or Kettle Chips and that, but then he started going down the cash and carry and getting boxes of those cheap ones that corner shops sell for 10p a bag. I've seen him do an entire box of forty-eight in one twenty minute binge."
Earlier this evening a BBC spokesman would only confirm that the star was currently on leave and that they were unable to confirm when he would be back in front of the cameras.