Michael Vaughan stood down by BBC following racism allegation

The BBC have stood down former England captain Michael Vaughan after he was accused of making a racially insensitive remark to Azeem Rafiq ahead of a County Championship game in 2009.

Writing in his column for The Telegraph, Vaughan revealed he had been implicated in the report into Rafiq's allegations of racism at Yorkshire.

It was alleged that he told Rafiq and two other Asian players that there were "too many of you lot, we need to do something about it" – a claim Vaughan has categorically denied.

A second former Yorkshire player has since come forward claiming that he heard Vaughan make racially insensitive comments.

Former Pakistan international Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, who featured for the county as an overseas player at the time, told ESPNCricinfo that he heard Vaughan make the comments in question.

As a result, Vaughan has been stood down by the BBC and will not present the upcoming episode of the Tuffers and Vaughan Show on Monday.

In a statement, the BBC said: "The BBC takes 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.

"The show focuses on discussion around current cricketing matters and given his personal involvement, we need to ensure we maintain the impartiality of the program. We remain in discussion with Michael and his team."

Writing in the Telegraph, Vaughan said: "I completely and categorically deny that I ever said those words.

"This hit me very hard. It was like being struck over the head with a brick.

"I have nothing to hide. The 'you lot' comment never happened. Anyone trying to recollect words said 10 years ago will be fallible but I am adamant those words were not used.

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"I have been involved in cricket for 30 years and never once been accused of any remotely similar incident or disciplinary offence as a player or commentator."

Vaughan also revealed that over the summer he told his colleagues at the BBC that "these allegations had been made against me", adding: "I felt uncomfortable that it could emerge and they would be asked some awkward questions."

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