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BBC chiefs are under pressure to drop Michael Vaughan after he was charged by the ECB

EXCLUSIVE: BBC chiefs are under pressure to drop Michael Vaughan again after being charged by the ECB over the Yorkshire racism scandal, feeling he should resign until the case is concluded

  • sports post Understands figures say Michael Vaughan should be withdrawn until his case is concluded, which would rule him out for the entire summer
  • Vaughan was accused of discrediting the game over the racism scandal in Yorkshire, and was dropped by the BBC for a period last November.
  • The 47-year-old, former England captain, denies the allegations
  • BBC has yet to comment on Vaughan’s future, but must make a choice soon

BBC executives are under pressure from within the company to drop Michael Vaughan after he was accused of discrediting the game of cricket in connection with the Yorkshire racism scandal.

sports post has been informed by the BBC that the former England captain must be withdrawn until his case is concluded, which would rule him out all summer as the ECB’s Cricket Disciplinary Committee convenes a hearing in September at the earliest.

Vaughan was already dropped by the BBC for an extended period last November over accusations of racism by Azeem Rafiq, which target claims he told a group of Muslim players: ‘Too many of you, many, we have to do something about it,’ for a match in Yorkshire in 2009.

Vaughan was taken off the air when the allegations became public and did not return until March.

The 47-year-old denies the allegations “completely and categorically”.

Vaughan’s BBC duties are currently limited to Test Match Special and BBC2’s highlight show, Today at the Test, after using his podcast elsewhere over a name dispute.

BBC executives are under pressure from within the company to Michael Vaughan.  to drop

BBC executives are under pressure from within the company to Michael Vaughan. to drop

Vaughan was already dropped by the BBC over accusations of racism by Azeem Rafiq

Vaughan was already dropped by the BBC over accusations of racism by Azeem Rafiq

The BBC has renamed the Tuffers and Vaughan Cricket Show in light of the Rafiq affair, with Vaughan choosing to leave the program and start his own podcast, The Vaughany and Tuffers Cricket Club.

Vaughan is one of seven ex-Cricketers from York charged by the ECB following an investigation into allegations of historical racism in Headingley. Among others are former England players Matthew Hoggard, Tim Bresnan and Gary Ballance and former Yorkshire coach Andrew Gale.

An independent inquiry conducted last year confirmed seven of Rafiq’s 43 complaints when he discovered he had been the victim of racial harassment and bullying in Yorkshire, but the club chose not to take action.

The BBC has yet to comment on Vaughan’s future, but must make a decision soon. He will be part of their commentary team for Thursday’s third Test against New Zealand at Headingley.

He was taken off the air when the allegations became public and did not return until March

He was taken off the air when the allegations became public and did not return until March

Former England bowler Matthew Hoggard (pictured) will face a disciplinary hearing this fall

So does Tim Bresnan (pictured), who played for England and Yorkshire

Matthew Hoggard (L) and Tim Bresnan (R) will both face disciplinary hearings this fall

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