BBC removes Michael Vaughan from radio show amid allegations in Yorkshire racism scandal



The BBC has removed Michael Vaughan from his radio show on 5 Live amid allegations against him in the Yorkshire racism scandal.

Vaughan revealed in his The telegraph of the day On Friday he was accused by his former Yorkshire team-mate Azeem Rafiq of making a racist comment against a group of Asian players, saying: “There are too many of you, we have to do something. “

The 47-year-old used the article to “completely and categorically deny” making the comment.

However, another former Yorkshire player, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, claimed he also heard Vaughan make the comment while playing for the county.

The BBC said in a statement Vaughan would not appear as a presenter alongside Phil Tufnell on Monday Tuffers and Vaughan Show.

“The BBC takes any allegation of racism very seriously,” the company said. “The allegation against Michael Vaughan predates his time working for the BBC, we were not part of the Yorkshire County Cricket Club investigation and we did not have access to the subsequent report. However, we have been made aware of only one allegation which Michael strongly denies and we have been monitoring the situation closely.

“We have made the editorial decision that Michael will not appear as a presenter on 5 live Monday’s Tuffers and Vaughan show. The show focuses on topical discussions around current cricket issues and given his personal involvement we need to make sure we maintain the fairness of the program. We remain in discussion with Michael and his team.

Vaughan joined the BBC as an analyst on the Test Match Special radio show in 2009, the same year the comment was allegedly made, and has remained prominent in the company’s cricket coverage. It is understood that his long-term position with the BBC is under review.

Rana, who has performed nearly 100 tests and ODI for Pakistan, told ESPN he was standing next to Vaughan at Trent Bridge in 2009 when he allegedly said so. Rana added that he was ready to provide evidence for an investigation.

Speaking to ESPN in 2020, when Rafiq’s allegations first became public, Rana said, “I fully support what Azeem said and I did too. I never spoke about it because, as foreigners we were temporary and I managed to come to terms with what it is. So I focused on cricket. I never wanted to compromise my contracts.

“Sometimes I felt bad, but I decided to ignore it because I knew I wasn’t going to live there permanently. But I know what Azeem went through.

Vaughan was embroiled in the scandal the day after his former teammate, Gary Ballance, admitted to using the racial insult “P ***” while speaking to Rafiq.

Ballance apologized in a lengthy statement, saying he “deeply regrets some of the language I used in my youth,” but added that “at no point did I believe or understand that this had happened. caused Rafa’s distress “and said he did not remember it. reducing Rafiq to tears.

Yorkshire President Roger Hutton stepped down on Friday morning following an exodus of major sponsors and political pressure.

Hutton, who joined the board almost two years after Rafiq left the club, said there had been “a continued reluctance by executive board members and the club’s senior management to apologize “.

Hutton also criticized the England and Wales Cricket Council, saying the governing body had “refused to help” and was “reluctant to act” when informed them of Rafiq’s allegations.

An emergency board meeting took place in Yorkshire on Friday morning following Hutton’s statement, with general manager Mark Arthur and cricket manager Martyn Moxon under pressure to resign.


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