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Editor Simon Hughes fired by the Cricketer magazine for ‘soft line on racism’

Editor Simon Hughes Fired By The Cricketer Magazine For ‘Soft Line On Racism’ After Former Middlesex Player Compared Use Of ‘P ** i’ To Being Called By His Teammates For Being Bald On Podcast on the Azeem Rafiq scandal

  • Simon Hughes upset staff with his comments on the Azeem Rafiq affair
  • The magazine’s owners have chosen not to renew their contract after a backlash
  • He has worked there for seven years in addition to hosting his weekly podcast.


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Former Middlesex bowler Simon Hughes has been fired as editor of The cricket player magazine after seeming to take a soft line on racism.

The announcer and author is understood to have upset other staff members with his comments on a recent podcast on the Azeem Rafiq affair, in which he suggested that Gary Ballance calling his former partner from Yorkshire a ‘P ** i’ could be explained by context, and that other insults in the locker room could be excused as jokes.

Hughes’s comments on the podcast aired Nov. 5, in which he compared using the P word to being insulted by his teammates for being bald during his own playing career, sparked a backlash on social media and led to an internal review in The cricket player.

Simon Hughes (above) has been fired as editor of The Cricketer magazine

Simon Hughes (above) has been fired as editor of The Cricketer magazine

Sportsmail he has learned that the magazine’s owners have chosen not to renew Hughes’s contract, and the issue to be published today is his last as publisher of the prestigious centennial title.

Hughes has worked there for seven years, in addition to hosting his weekly podcast, The Analyst Inside Cricket, a reference to his previous broadcast work analyzing the game for Channel 4. The 61-year-old’s views also caused controversy last summer when he criticized the ECB’s decision to suspend Ollie Robinson from the England test team after the emergence of historic racist tweets, which Hughes described as a ‘total overreaction’ and a ‘media lynching’.

Hughes offered a much stronger condemnation of racism on his latest podcast aired this week, which included an interview with former England bowler Dean Headley.

The episode began with the host offering an emotional acceptance that sport needs to do more to combat discrimination and bigotry.

Azeem Rafiq alleged that Vaughan made racist comments towards Asian players at Yorkshire CCC, claims the former England captain denies

Azeem Rafiq alleged that Vaughan made racist comments towards Asian players at Yorkshire CCC, claims the former England captain denies

Hughes sparked a backlash with comments on a recent podcast on the Azeem Rafiq affair.

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