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Michael Vaughan excluded from BBC’s Ashes coverage after allegations of racist remarks

ichael Vaughan will not be on the BBC’s squad for the Ashes this winter or involved in any of their other cricket covers after an alleged racist remark made by former Yorkshire teammate Azeem Rafiq.

Vaughan is accused of telling a group of Yorkshire players of Asian descent, including Rafiq, that there was ‘too much of your fate’ ahead of a County Championship game against Nottinghamshire in 2009.

The former England captain has firmly denied the allegation – which has been supported by other players, including England bowler Adil Rashid – on several occasions.

Vaughan was removed from his BBC radio show amid the allegations and will not be on Beeb’s Ashes coverage in Australia due to what they consider a “conflict of interest”.

The first test begins at the Gabba in Brisbane on December 8.

“Although he is involved in an important history in cricket, for editorial reasons we don’t think it would be appropriate for Michael Vaughan to have a role on our Ashes team or wider coverage of the sport for the moment, “BBC Sport said in a statement Wednesday.

“We ask our contributors to speak on relevant topics and his involvement in Yorkshire history represents a conflict of interest.”

Vaughan – who was supposed to be on the Test Match Special coverage in Australia – is still expected to cover the Ashes series for Fox Sports and has a column in the Daily Telegraph.


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