Matt Le Tissier has reunited with his former colleagues from Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday show.
The former Premier League star, 53, was sacked by Sky in August 2020 after becoming a regular member of Soccer Saturday, which is hosted by popular presenter Jeff Stelling.
Le Tissier, who worked for Sky for 15 years, shared a photo on Twitter with his former colleagues from the show with the caption: “Work with my mates, nothing better.”
Stelling, Paul Merson, Phil Thompson and Charlie Nicholas are in the photo the Southampton legend posted on social media, while Thompson and Nicholas were shown the door by Sky at the same time as Le Tissier.
Thompson, Nicholas and Le Tissier have since appeared in advertisements for the bookmaker Paddy Power.
Le Tissier has never been far from the headlines in recent years for his controversial views on diverse topics, namely about the Covid-19 pandemic, while also sharing conspiracy theories about the war in Ukraine.
Le Tissier stepped down as ambassador to Southampton Football Club in April, shortly after he made no apologies for spreading conspiracy theories about Russia’s massacre of civilians in Bucha, Ukraine, in a series of Twitter posts.
The Southampton hero was besieged by his supporters after he appeared to suggest that the media had lied about the unfolding horrors in Eastern Europe.
He retweeted a post from an account called Unity News Net, which claimed the atrocities in Ukraine had been faked by the media after “weapons of mass destruction,” “Covid” and “the Hunter Biden laptop.” Le Tissier captioned his tweet “This,” with a finger-pointing emoji to the Unity News Net post.
Matt Le Tissier shared a Tweet and posted a photo with his former Soccer Saturday friends
Le Tissier has also used his platform on Twitter to spread conspiracy theories about Covid-19 vaccines. He has more than 593,000 followers.
last Nov, The times reported that Le Tissier’s posts were shared by Premier League footballers who were hesitant to get vaccinated.
The former striker has redoubled his controversial beliefs about the pandemic, with Southampton legend claiming that ‘PCR testing was the greatest fraud ever committed against humanity’.
In an interview with The timesregarding news footage of intensive care patients struggling to breathe in Bergamo not long before Covid hit the UK, he said: “Some of those were actors, by the way.”
He has previously admitted that his controversial views at the height of the pandemic – which has caused nearly 170,000 deaths in the UK – “probably resulted in me losing my job at Sky”.
Le Tissier was sacked by Sky in August 2020, which he said was due to his views
Le Tissier (second from left) was a regular on Soccer Saturday and worked for Sky . for 15 years
In the same interview, Le Tissier said some images of devastation in Ukrainian cities during the conflict are “falsified.”
However, the former Premier League star later admitted that his tweet questioning the truth about the events in Bucha was “the wrong thing to do”.
Reflecting on his outspoken views, Le Tissier recounted: The times: ‘A few years ago I had the feeling that something was not right. People meddled in my life that shouldn’t have been – mainly the government and scientists.
“I felt a real sense of injustice and when I feel a sense of injustice, I can’t shut up. I need to speak.’
On Twitter, Le Tissier retweeted a post suggesting that the media ‘lied’ about certain events
He has also suggested that Covid PCR tests were ‘the biggest fraud committed against humanity’
Describing how he was told he had been fired, Le Tissier said: The Rob Moore Podcast: ‘Within five seconds I was told that there was no more work for me at Sky.
“I had about seven months left to run my contract, but I was told I wouldn’t be needed anymore.
“They didn’t really give a specific reason, they just said ‘the show was going in a different direction’, it was the words I think they were using. So I asked the question, “does this have anything to do with my social media posts?”
Le Tissier played 270 Premier League games for Southampton and scored 100 goals
To which their response was, “Well, we have to consider the reputation of the company when making these decisions.” At that point I said “oh that’s interesting because right now you have someone who spat at a girl from his car”.
“Jamie Carragher, who spat at a young girl through his car. They suspended him for six months and then brought him back into the herd.
“I said, ‘Don’t you think that hurt the company’s reputation at all?’ and I was told “we can’t talk about this about other people”. So that really was it.”
Le Tissier played 270 times for Southampton in the Premier League, scoring 100 goals. He also played eight times for England.