Gary Lineker savaged as he tells over-50s to THANK young for giving up year of their life

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Britain has spent more of the past year in lockdown, with Government rules forcing tens of millions of people to be confined to their homes in a desperate attempt to curb the rapid spread of coronavirus infections. School children have been forced to stay away from the classroom and their friends and instead participate in home learning, with exams across the board postponed and cancelled. Many thousands of shops and pubs have been closed, along with gyms, while participating in outdoor sports has also been banned.

The elderly have also faced similar circumstances during lockdown, with some confined to care homes and shielding for several months because of pre-existing medical conditions.

But TV presenter and former footballer Gary Lineker has sparked a furious backlash from the older generation following his latest comments on Twitter.

He told his 7.8 million followers: “The vast majority of young people have been incredibly diligent during the pandemic.

“They’ve sacrificed a year of what should be the time of their lives so that the elderly and vulnerable have a chance to live an extra year or more of their lives.

“We should thank them.”

But One irate Twitter user replied: “Yeah and the older generation sacrificed themselves through world wars, Gary.

“Wonder how many said I’m not wearing a gas mask?”

A second person wrote: “Were young people shielding for a year? I must have missed that!

“I think you will find the elderly and vulnerable sacrificed a whole lot more – don’t remember the young shielding through the summer.

“I think they were throwing house parties!”

Another Twitter user responded: “Young people round my way have continued to meet in groups and leave their litter everywhere.

“Forgive me if I don’t feel sorry for them.”

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While a fourth person commented: “I’m 66 and not ready to drop yet.

“I hope I’ve got another 15+ years ahead of me so what makes me any different to those who are younger?

“We’ve all sacrificed a year of our lives but they’ve got a whole lot longer to make up for it than the likes of me and my elders do.”

Britain is slowly easing itself out of lockdown, thanks to the huge success of the Government’s vaccination programme, which has seen more than half of the total UK population receive a jab.

On March 8, all youngsters began returning to schools and colleges while last week, people were allowed to meet up to six people, or two households, outdoors.

From next Monday, non-essential retail, hairdressers, nail salons, gyms and swimming pools will reopen, with table service allowed at beer gardens and outdoor seating at restaurants for groups of up to six or two households.

May 17 will see the Rule of Six lifted outdoors, with gatherings of up to 30 people allowed, while indoor mixing will be allowed for up to six people or two households.

Cinemas, indoor restaurants and hotels will reopen, while thousands of spectators will be allowed at outdoor sports events and performances.

June 21 is a key date as all legal limits on social contact will end, with restrictions also lifted on performances or sports venues.

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