BBC postpones return of Vaughan’s radio present amid racism allegation | Michael Vaughan

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The BBC has postponed the return of Radio 5 Dwell’s Tuffers and Vaughan Cricket Present amid ongoing turmoil within the company over how finest to cope with a racism allegation in opposition to the skilled summariser Michael Vaughan.

The programme was initially pulled for one episode after Vaughan was accused of creating a racist comment whereas taking part in for Yorkshire in 2009, which the previous England captain has vigorously denied. Nevertheless, its deliberate return subsequent Monday has additionally been shelved, with the BBC placing Rugby Union Weekly in its 9pm slot as a substitute.

The BBC didn’t reply to a request for remark however insiders say the present is now unlikely to return till subsequent month – on the earliest – and that the query of whether or not Vaughan might be a part of the BBC’s Ashes protection additionally stays up within the air.

Vaughan, who has labored as a summariser and analyst on Take a look at Match Particular for 12 years, has been accused of telling three gamers of Asian descent that there have been “too a lot of you lot, we have to do one thing about it” earlier than a county match in Nottingham.

That allegation was introduced up once more by Azeem Rafiq in his look in entrance of MPs on Tuesday, who mentioned Vaughan had additionally used a Every day Telegraph column to attempt to discredit him.

Nevertheless, Vaughan vehemently denies the allegation and likewise says he has the backing of the opposite Yorkshire gamers within the match, which has made the difficulty significantly tough for the BBC to resolve.

Azeem Rafiq accused Michael Vaughan of a racially insensitive comment during his testimony before a select committee
Azeem Rafiq accused Michael Vaughan of a racially insensitive remark throughout his testimony earlier than a choose committee. {Photograph}: Home of Commons/AP

In the meantime, the Sky cricket analyst David Lloyd has apologised to Rafiq after it emerged in parliament that he had despatched textual content messages about his persona and ingesting that tried to smear the previous Yorkshire participant.

Rafiq mentioned: “He rang me final night time and I advised him truthfully what I considered his feedback, they have been utterly out of order. However the overriding factor was he rang, he apologised, I accepted the apology. Anybody that apologises … that’s all I ever wished.”

Information of the apology emerged after Sky had revealed it was investigating Lloyd’s texts. A Sky spokesperson advised the Guardian: “Sky is dedicated to actively championing inclusion in cricket – and in all sports activities – and opposing all types of discrimination. We might be investigating the feedback attributed to David Lloyd within the choose committee listening to.”

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On Tuesday night time, Lloyd additionally issued a public apology, saying he deeply regretted his actions. “In October 2020, I had a non-public message change with a 3rd social gathering concerned in cricket, about a lot of subjects,” he mentioned.

“In these messages, I referred to allegations about Azeem Rafiq which I had heard from throughout the recreation. I additionally made some feedback concerning the Asian cricket neighborhood. I deeply remorse my actions, and I apologise most sincerely to Azeem and to the Asian cricket neighborhood for doing this, and for any offence induced.”

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