The two exchanged messages on Twitter after Lineker revealed plans to allow a refugee to live with him.
Gary Lineker attacked Kelvin MacKenzie for “spreading hatred and lies” in an online series with the former S*n editor.
MacKenzie launched a personal attack on the host of “Match of the Day”.
Lineker replied: “Well, apart from the fact that he doesn’t live in Surrey, that he probably isn’t offered or even able to do my job, and that he isn’t paid at £2 million a year, the rest of your tweet might be true. Look, you haven’t changed.”
MacKenzie – editor of the S*n when its front page made vile slurs about Liverpool supporters in the Hillsborough tragedy – responded to Lineker’s generous offer with a tweet: “Admire @GaryLineker for offering a room in his Surrey mansion to a refugee. While he is at it, Gary, why don’t you give him your BBC job and save us poor fools £2 million a year”.
The ex-Everton star and host of “Match of the Day” offers accommodation through the charity “Refugees at Home”, which has helped more than 2,250 refugees and asylum seekers find temporary accommodation.
In a tweet that has since been “liked” more than 3,000 times, Lineker retaliated by writing: “Better than being well paid for spreading hatred and lies”.
Mackenzie then wrote: “So tell me how difficult it is to do your job, Gary. Good goal…bad goal…. disappointing goal. That would be £1 or £2 million please”.
When MacKenzie wrote, “As for you, Gary, I’m having so much fun that I’ll do it for free,” Lineker ended the dispute in writing: “Great confession.
The newspaper was subsequently vilified in Merseyside and largely boycotted in the region, with many businesses refusing to sell it.
MacKenzie was editor of The S*n at the time of the Hillsborough tragedy and oversaw its coverage, which included a front page with horrific allegations against Liverpool supporters involved in the tragedy.
An investigative jury has since ruled that those who lost their lives were unlawfully killed and that Liverpool supporters played no part in the disaster.
Ninety-six innocent men, women and children died on April 15, 1989 as a result of the destruction of a terrace at Sheffield Stadium.