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Gary Lineker appeared to accidentally reveal that Ben Stokes had won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award in an embarrassing on air gaffe over an hour before Stokes actually did win.
Match of the Day host Lineker was introducing a segment celebrating England’s Cricket World Cup win, and when welcoming England players Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy and Stokes onto the stage he declared Stokes as the “main award winner”.
Lineker had previously referred to Stokes’ competitors Raheem Sterling and Alun Wyn Jones as “contenders” when introducing them.
The presenter then made sure to clarify his comments when Stokes was on stage, admitting that it had been an accident.
Stokes eventually did win the award, finishing ahead of Lewis Hamilton in second and Dina Asher-Smith in third.
Mirror columnist Stokes was the hot favourite to win the award at the ceremony in Aberdeen, but voting wasn’t even open at the time of Lineker’s premature announcement.
Fans online were taken aback by Lineker’s announcement, with many feeling it meant that Stokes had the award in the bag.
Ryan Evans tweeted: “Gary Lineker just casually dropping in “ma
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