Michael Vaughan flatly denies Azeem Rafiq’s accusation that he made a racist comment towards him and other players before a Yorkshire game in 2009; This article contains comments that may be annoying to some readers.
Last Updated: 11/05/21 5:27 pm
Former England captain Michael Vaughan will not appear on BBC 5 Live’s ‘Tuffers and Vaughan Show’ on Monday after Azeem Rafiq claimed he made a racially insensitive comment during his time in Yorkshire.
Vaughan revealed in his Daily telegraph Thursday’s column that had been implicated in a report on Rafiq’s accusations of institutional racism at the Yorkshire County Cricket Club, but categorically denied telling a group of fellow Asians that there were “too many of you, we have to do something about it.”
However, a BBC spokesperson said on Friday: “The BBC takes allegations of racism very seriously.
“The accusation against Michael Vaughan predates his time at the BBC, we are not part of the investigation carried out by the Yorkshire County Cricket Club and we have not had access to the subsequent report.
“However, we learned of only one allegation that Michael strongly denies and we have been following the situation closely.
“We have made an editorial decision that Michael will not appear as a host on 5 Live’s Tuffers and Vaughan Show on Monday.
“The show focuses on topical discussion around current cricket issues, and given his personal involvement, we need to make sure we maintain the fairness of the show. We continue to discuss with Michael and his team.”
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