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Ex-Arsenal and England defender Lee Dixon is caught doubting the existence of climate change – Daily Mail

Lee Dixon has publicly questioned the existence of global warming in bizarre comments caught on TV.

The former Arsenal and England right-back was working as a pundit for the Gunners’ 3-1 defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

And Dixon, 58, in a debate with commentator Peter Drury about why Premier League goalkeepers no longer wear caps, sarcastically asked ‘has the sun changed since the 70s?’, before saying ‘now we’ve got global warming… allegedly.’

Lee Dixon (pictured working for Amazon as a pundit) was caught questioning the existence of global warming while commentating on Manchester United's win over Arsenal on Sunday

Lee Dixon (pictured working for Amazon as a pundit) was caught questioning the existence of global warming while commentating on Manchester United’s win over Arsenal on Sunday

Former Arsenal right-back Dixon was discussing why Premier League keepers no longer wear caps (Pictured Nottingham Forest No 1 Dean Henderson wears a cap against Spurs last month)

Former Arsenal right-back Dixon was discussing why Premier League keepers no longer wear caps (Pictured Nottingham Forest No 1 Dean Henderson wears a cap against Spurs last month)

He said: ‘This is a question I think I asked last year that you might know the answer to, you might not. 

‘It’s all about why don’t goalkeepers wear caps any more? Has the sun changed since the (19)70s?’

Drury replied: ‘I don’t know the answer… 

‘First of all, I’d say to you occasionally you still see one, but not as many as you used to, I agree.’

Dixon continued: ‘All goalies used to wear caps when it was sunny. 

‘And now we’ve got global warming, allegedly, and all that.’

Henderson also wore a cap during a draw with Everton on a sunny day in Liverpool in August

Henderson also wore a cap during a draw with Everton on a sunny day in Liverpool in August 

GLOBAL WARMING

Global warming is a phenomenon in climate change. 

The emission of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane, mainly via burning fossil fuels, causes heat to be trapped near the Earth’s surface, warming up the planet.

That has led to increases in heat waves and wildfires, higher sea levels, and more intense droughts, storms and weather extremes.

Those effects threaten people short of food and water, can increase disease, cause economic hardship, and cause migration and conflict.

The World Health Organisation called climate change the greatest threat to the world’s health in the 21st century.

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‘Maybe we’ve got taller stands since the 70s,’ Drury responded.

Dixon then concluded: ‘There you go. See, I knew you’d get a proper answer’. 

Gunners icon Dixon, who received 22 caps for the Three Lions, made 616 appearances in all competitions for the north London side across his 14-year spell.

The full-back scored 28 goals and won four league titles, three FA Cups, two (outright) Charity Shield Trophies and a European Cup Winners’ Cup.

Mikel Arteta’s side were defeated at Old Trafford after goals from Antony and a double from Marcus Rashford after Bukayo Saka had equalised. 

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