Football fans across the UK are in a state of shock after news leaked out that Gary Lineker is set to present Match of the Day in the buff this weekend. According to insiders close to the former England striker, the daring move comes after he lost a bet with his mother over the latest series of Strictly Come Dancing.
Sources suggest that Mrs Lineker dared her famous offspring to dress up as Smokey the Bear and perform a foxtrot in the style of Strictly hopeful, Bill Bailey. Gary apparently demurred, and as a result, he's been left with no choice but to present the world-famous football highlights programme in the altogether.
Reaction to the news has been mixed online, with some Twitter users expressing their shock mixed with amusement â€" and perhaps a little confusion. "I'm not entirely sure it's appropriate to bare all on prime-time TV," said one anonymous commenter. "Then again, it can't be any worse than watching Troy Deeney play football."
Meanwhile, Gary has been quick to respond to his detractors, taking to Twitter to reassure fans that he's not entirely unprepared for the occasion. "It's true, I lost a bet with me mum," he tweeted earlier today, adding the hashtag #CommandoLineker for good measure.
Whether his fans will be tuning in to watch his naked antics on Saturday night remains to be seen. But as one anonymous Match of the Day fan put it: "Hey, if Gary's comfortable with the idea, who am I to argue. Besides, it can't be any worse than that time when Leicester won the premier league and he ended up presenting in his underpants."
As of press time, viewers across the UK were undoubtedly looking forward to seeing what surprises were in store. All we can say is that one thing's for sure: this week's episode of Match of the Day will be one to remember.