Alex Scott thanks fans for support after online abuse

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also played down suggestions she was lined up to replace Sue Barker on the BBC One show.

Match Of The Day's Gary Lineker tweeted congratulations to Scott on the role on Thursday, but later deleted it.

The BBC denied that any decision has been made over the new presenting team.

The corporation said: "No conversations have been had about the future line-up,"

However, newspaper reports during the week suggested Scott was being lined up to replace Barker, who is exiting the show after 24 years.

It is part of a major shake-up of A Question of Sport by the BBC, which will also see team captains Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell depart.

After the rumours of Scott's appointment began circulating, the broadcaster received several abusive tweets from viewers unhappy with the changes. Many, however, leapt to her defence and congratulated her.

On Friday,

: "The love and support shown to me yesterday has me smiling through the weekend #thankyou. I am going to #KeepOnKeepingOn like always!"

She added: "The only thing that is signed sealed delivered that I am buzzing about right now though is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Arsenal," she said, referring to the team's captain

.

The broadcaster also shared an anti-racism poem she wrote in 2018 on her Instagram Story, with the line: "Some want to say I'm ticking a box, but that's not me."

Read the full story at https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-54210898

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