Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker announced on Twitter that he is taking legal action against The Sun after the newspaper claimed he had been using a tax avoidance scheme and owes HMRC £1.3m in back taxes.
In a story which The Sun has since removed from its website, it claimed:
"Gary Lineker has been clobbered with a £1.3million bill after investing in controversial tax-break schemes. The jug-eared former England skipper, 54, has been given 90 days by HM Revenue and Customs to pay back the cash."
The story brought an angry response from Lineker who took to Twitter to say he had instructed his lawyers.
The Sun has now removed the story from its website, resulting in another tweet from Lineker.
The Sun has now taken down its story about me from their website. Other papers please note.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 31, 2015