Tory MP says MOTD without commentators or experts is ‘best in years’

Conservative MP Scott Benton liked that the show ended sooner so he could rush to his eatery to order a single pint just before the last order (Image: PA).

With more than 2.5 million people tuning in to the unmoderated episode of Match of the Day last night, some were undoubtedly more excited than others.

But it’s fair to say that most of those viewers weren’t quite as enthusiastic as Tory MP for Blackpool South Scott Benton.

As the cold, stripped-down show ended yesterday, Scott took to social media to proclaim it the “best episode in years.”

His favorite parts, he said, were “all the goals” that were included and the fact that it ended early so he could make it to the pub for a round of beers with the lads before the last order.

Unfortunately, Twitter was merciless in getting Scott the Mickey out of the way for his shot.

Thomas Wynne Lewis asked, “When was the last time MOTD didn’t have ‘all the goals in’ Scott?”

Aaron Stokes added: “Like most normal people, there’s nothing I enjoy more than leaving the house at 10.40pm to make it to the pub for last-minute orders.”

Comedian Dara O’Briain also chimed in, writing: “I like the way he said ‘episode’, the way football fans always say ‘I hope tonight is a good episode of Match of the Day.’

Woodo replied, saying: “I’m happy to wait until the end of #MOTD to go to the pub for a pint when the staff are cleaning up, rather than going to a pub at a normal time where Match of the Day is showing .

“I’m definitely a football fan and definitely watch the match of the day and definitely go to pubs a lot.”

Scott, who was elected to the Lancashire seat in 2019, finally limited replies to his tweet after more than 4,000 people replied.

It wasn’t the first time he’d broached the subject, though – earlier that day he’d mocked the Wokerati with a low-resolution image of Jeremy Clarkson, poorly edited over a match-of-the-day background .

The MP, who describes himself as a Tottenham Hotspur fan in his Twitter bio, also retweeted his support for the ‘Alternative Match of the Day’, hosted by former Balls of Steel presenter Mark Dolan on GB News.

The segment confused some viewers with the total lack of any football clips – no goals were shown at all, which probably frustrated Scott.

It was later criticized for making a mocking reference to the ‘rainbow flags’ that can be seen in Brighton.

Today the BBC’s crisis over the suspension of Gary Lineker has engulfed more of the channel’s sports programming, with tonight’s Match of the Day 2 also being played without experts or commentary.

Meanwhile, a petition to reinstate Lineker after controversy over his criticism of the government’s new illegal migration law has passed 200,000 signatures.

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