BBC drop ex-England captain Vaughan from Ashes coverage amid racism allegations

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Nov 24 (Reuters) – Former England captain Michael Vaughan will play no half within the BBC’s coverage of the upcoming Ashes sequence after being named within the racism controversy involving former Yorkshire participant Azeem Rafiq, the broadcaster stated on Wednesday.

Rafiq alleged that Vaughan advised him and two different gamers of Asian origin that there have been “too many of you lot, we need to do something about it” earlier than a match in 2009. Vaughan has strongly denied the accusation.

“While he is involved in a significant story in cricket, for editorial reasons we do not believe that it would be appropriate for Vaughan to have a role in our Ashes team or wider coverage of the sport at the moment,” the BBC stated in an announcement.

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“We require our contributors to talk about relevant topics and his involvement in the Yorkshire story represents a conflict of interest.”

Vaughan stated he was disillusioned with the choice however added the issues afflicting the game have been greater than his plight.

“Very disappointed not to be commentating for TMS (Test Match Special) on the Ashes and will miss working with great colleagues and friends, but looking forward to being behind the mic for @foxcricket in Australia,” he wrote on Instagram.

“The issues facing cricket are bigger than any individual case and I want to be part of the solution, listening, educating myself and helping to make it a more welcoming sport for all.”

The 47-year-old, who has been an analyst with the BBC since 2009, was dropped from a radio present by the broadcaster earlier this month after the allegations got here to mild.

The five-test Ashes sequence between England and hosts Australia begins in Brisbane on Dec. 8.

The racism scandal that has engulfed English cricket additionally had former gamers at Essex saying that they suffered racist abuse on the membership.

One of Essex’s principal sponsors – coaching and expertise supplier Seetec – have now suspended ties with the staff “with immediate effect.”

“Any form of racism should not be tolerated. We encourage sports clubs to work with their local community to celebrate diversity and work at all levels to root out racism, wherever it manifests,” a spokesperson for Seetec advised Reuters.

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Reporting by Dhruv Munjal and Rohith Nair in Bengaluru;
Editing by Shrivathsa Sridhar

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