Michael Vaughan withdrew from BBC 5Live’s ‘Tuffers and Vaughan Show’ after being implicated in the Azeem Rafiq racism scandal and accused of telling Yorkshire players with Asian heritage ‘there are too many of you’
Michael Vaughan has pulled out of BBC’s 5 Live’s Tuffers and Vaughan Show after being accused of making a racially insensitive comment to Azeem Rafiq.
Vaughan admitted on Thursday that he had been named in Azeem Rafiq’s report, but strongly denied claims that he told a group of Yorkshire players of Asian descent that there were ‘a lot of you, we have to do something about it’.
The BBC issued a statement saying: ‘The BBC takes allegations of racism very seriously.
‘The accusation against Michael Vaughan predates his time working for 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 the 5 live Tuffers and Vaughan Show on Monday.
‘The show is focused on current affairs and given your personal involvement, we must ensure that we maintain the fairness of the show. We train in conversation with Micheal and his team. ‘
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Michael Vaughan withdrew from BBC’s 5 Tuffers and Vaughan Show on Monday