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Michael Vaughan quits BBC punditry role after he was charged over Yorkshire racism scandal

Michael Vaughan Sensationally OUTSIDES his role as BBC pundit after being charged by the ECB over the Yorkshire racism scandal… as England’s ex-cricket captain reveals ‘concern for his family’s well-being’ and Beeb ‘respect and understanding’ decide

Michael Vaughan has stepped down from his role as BBC pundit for nearly two weeks after he was charged by the ECB over the racism scandal in Yorkshire.

In a statement, Vaughan said: “On numerous occasions I have recorded my views on the issues related to YCCC.

“It’s always a shame when commenting on things off the pitch distracts attention from what’s happening on the pitch.

“Given the ongoing dialogue on this subject, I have made the decision to resign from my job at the BBC for the time being.

“The main motivation for this is my concern for the well-being of my relatives and my desire to protect their family life. Temporarily taking a step back is also in the interest of the game and I hope it will minimize the difficulties for my colleagues.’

However, the BBC has revealed that he still has a contract with the organisation.

Michael Vaughan has stepped down from his role as BBC pundit after being charged by the ECB

Michael Vaughan has stepped down from his role as BBC pundit after being charged by the ECB

“Following discussions with Michael Vaughan, we have accepted his decision to step down from our cricket coverage,” the BBC said in a statement. “This is a decision that we respect and understand. Michael will remain under contract with the BBC.’

sports post has previously revealed that Vaughan’s role was being overhauled after the broadcaster’s diversity groups labeled the decision to support the 47-year-old “totally unforgivable” and “shameful.”

Vaughan was dropped after the allegations came up, although the BBC allowed him to contribute to Test Match Special during England’s final Test against New Zealand.

In a letter, BBC Sport’s BAME Group and the 5 Live Diversity Group said in a strong letter that while Vaughan is innocent until proven guilty, it must be acknowledged ‘how damaging, embarrassing and disturbing’ the situation is for their colleagues.

The former England captain said he made the decision out of concern for the well-being of his family

The former England captain said he made the decision out of concern for the well-being of his family

The former cricketer was not part of the BBC’s coverage of the Ashes after Azeem Rafiq claimed that in 2009 Vaughan told a group of non-white players that there were ‘too many of you, we need to do something about it’.

Vaughan continues to vehemently deny the allegation.

An hour before the test started on Thursday, the head of BBC Sport, Barbara Slater, told staff via email that she would be assisting him. It was also understood that the charge would not be discussed during the coverage.

The disciplinary hearings will take place in September.

More to follow.

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