London, Feb 14 : Gary Lineker has vowed to remain on Twitter, despite receiving abusive messages over the Luis Suarez race row.
The `Match of the Day' host presented the weekend show as the controversy over Liverpool star Suarez not shaking hands with Manchester United's Patrice Evra raged.
Lineker, 51, made no comment on the row, but became the subject of offensive messages only weeks after signing up to the social networking site.
"I'm disappearing from Twitter for a while. Need a break from the bile. Local prejudice just seems to bring out the worst in some people," the Mirror quoted him as tweeting on Sunday.
But on Monday, to the relief of his 228,000 followers, he revealed that he had changed his mind.
"No I am not leaving Twitter. If the mindless few defeat the thoughtful majority we are all doomed," he wrote.
He later added that the fallout from the match on Saturday had produced "racist and hateful bile".
The former footballer is a recent and enthusiastic convert to the micro blogging site, and said last week that he loves the `banter' there. (ANI)