we should thank everyone! @RHUL_PIRSoc@RoyalHollowayhttps://t.co/wPpJ6UcX2e— Ibrahim Halawi (@Ibrahimhalawi) April 7, 2021Boomers getting mad in the replies. “The vast majority of young people have been incredibly diligent during the pandemic,” tweeted liberal luvvie Lineker to his 7.8 million followers on Wednesday.“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. Follow RT on

Former England star-turned-TV pundit Gary Lineker has triggered an intergenerational clash after his suggestion that the UK should be grateful to youngsters for their behavior during the Covid-19 pandemic. I admire every one of them.  The UK is passing through a number of milestones on the roadmap to leaving lockdown, with the next step seeing a wide range of businesses – including pub gardens and non-essential shops – reopening next week. We should thank them.”The vast majority of young people have been incredibly diligent during the pandemic. https://t.co/JvuKkwssnA— Callum Burroughs (@CallumBurroughs) April 7, 2021Realizing he had lit the touchpaper for an intergenerational face-off, Lineker himself added: “Extraordinary. 🙄🥴— Steve Harley 😉 (@KingTyDu) April 7, 2021“Young people round my way have continued to meet in groups and leave their litter everywhere. Wonder how many said I'm not wearing a gas mask?— rich-parker (@rich_parker) April 7, 2021Another reply read: “Erm..  “Yeah and the older generation sacrificed themselves through world wars Gary. Even the relationship between young and old has become tribal. 🤔 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….  

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‘A form of discrimination’: Goalkeeping ace lashes out at UK govt ‘Covid passport’ plans for FA Cup final Yet they managed to study and write essays. I admire every one of them.”“Boomers getting mad in the replies,” came another response shared by Lineker.I always think of my students, who got to university and found themselves carrying the weight of the world in their tiny dorms. 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. Wonder how many said I’m not wearing a gas mask?” came another caustic response.Yeah and the older generation sacrificed themselves through world wars Gary. All deliberately manufactured.”

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The top TV star’s post racked up more than 60,000 likes (and counting), and appears to have come after Lineker was irked by suggestions that the UK’s youngsters have been unwilling to abide by the rules during the pandemic.That was a theme which also emerged last year when Health Secretary Matt Hancock told a youth-orientated BBC radio show: “Don’t kill your gran by catching coronavirus and then passing it on” – warning that young people breaking the rules would a spike in cases. We should thank them.— Gary Lineker 💙 (@GaryLineker) April 7, 2021The post from the World Cup golden boot winner drew a barrage of divisive responses, with some claiming the UK’s youth were no more or less worthy of thanks than the rest of the nation.“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? Yet they managed to study and write essays. They have plenty of time to party and socialise so stop making out they have had it harder than anyone else!”However, others backed Lineker, with the Match of the Day pundit sharing a response from an academic which read: “I always think of my students, who got to university and found themselves carrying the weight of the world in their tiny dorms. Forgive me if I don’t feel sorry for them,” fired back one dissenter. We’ve all sacrificed a year of our lives but they’ve got a lot longer to make up for it than the likes of me and my elders do,” one person replied.“Yes, of course, but no one is chastising you like they are the young,” came the response from Lineker, 60.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? The young have done no different to anyone else. Everything is them and us these days.