Cricket: Former England captain Michael Vaughan embroiled in English country cricket racism allegations, dropped from BBC radio show

The BBC has dropped former England captain Michael Vaughan from his weekly radio show after he was named in a report looking into allegations of institutional racism at Yorkshire made by former player Azeem Rafiq.

In a column for The Telegraph, Vaughan, 47, says he was alleged to have told Rafiq and two other Asian players as they walked onto the field together that there were "too many of you lot, we need to do something about it".

The white rose logo for Yorkshire County Cricket Club is pictured outside Headingley, the home of Yorkshire cricket on November 5, 2021. - Yorkshire were suspended from staging international matches after the England and Wales Cricket Board strongly condemned their handling of a racism row involving Azeem Rafiq, with ex-England captain Michael Vaughan later denying allegations he had abused his one-time team-mate. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
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Vaughan, who played for Yorkshire between 1993 and 2009, strenuously denies making the comments.

The BBC said in a statement: "[We] take any allegations of racism extremely seriously.

"The allegation against Michael Vaughan pre-dates his time working for the BBC, we were not part of the investigation conducted by Yorkshire County Cricket Club and we have had no access to the subsequent report."

"However, we were made aware of a single allegation which Michael strongly denies and we have been monitoring the situation closely.

"We have made the editorial decision that Michael won't appear as a presenter on 5 Live's Tuffers and Vaughan Show on Monday."

Yorkshire chairman Roger Hutton resigned on Friday, accusing the club's executives of failing to accept and learn from racism allegations raised by Rafiq.

The club says that Hanif Malik and Stephen Willis had also stepped down from its board and that Lord Kamlesh Patel had been appointed to replace Hutton.

Rafiq, a player of Pakistani descent and a former captain of the England Under-19s, says last year he was made to feel like an outsider at Yorkshire and contemplated taking his own life.