Michael Vaughan will not present BBC show after Azeem Rafiq racism allegations

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From 1993 to 2009, Michael Vaughan was a Yorkshire player

After it was claimed that he made a racist comment about a group Asian players, former England captain Michael Vaughan won't appear on BBC Radio 5 Live's Monday show.

Yorkshire's report on Azeem Rafiq’s racism claims during his time at the club named Vaughan.

He "completely, categorically denied" the claims.

A spokesperson for BBC said that the BBC was still in talks with Michael and his team.

Vaughan wrote in the Telegraph that he had told Rafiq, a group of Asian players about the report.

Rana Naved-ul-Hassan (ex-player from Yorkshire) has supported Rafiq's complaint. She said that he had heard the alleged comment.

A spokesperson for the BBC stated that "The BBC takes all allegations of racism very seriously."

"We have decided that Michael will not appear on Monday's 5 Live's Tuffers or Vaughan Show.

"The show is focused on current cricket matters, and because of his involvement, we must ensure that we keep the program impartial."

Vaughan stated that he "totally rejects any allegation about racism".

Rafiq's concerns and subsequent investigations were widely criticized by the club.

Yorkshire began investigating Rafiq's claims of "institutional racism" at his club in 2020. He claimed that he was close to suicide.

Yorkshire has released the results of an independent report on September 7, after more than a year and being asked by MPs. It upheld seven of Rafiq's 43 allegations.

Yorkshire stated that no player, coach, or executive would be disciplined following an internal investigation by the club into the report's findings.

ESPN reported Monday that Rafiq was frequently referred to as a racist because of his Pakistani heritage. However, the investigation found it to be friendly and pleasant banter.

Gary Ballance, an ex-england international footballer, has stated that he was responsible to some of the racist comments directed at Rafiq and said that he "regrets” his actions.

Yorkshire were banned from hosting England matches, and many sponsors have left.

Rafiq report timeline

2 September 2020: After an interview with Wisden, ESPN Cricinfo published an article with Rafiq. In it, he claimed that he was close to suicide because of "institutional racism" at Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

3 September 2020: Yorkshire says they have opened a formal investigation into Rafiq's claims. Chairman Roger Hutton also stated that the club would conduct a "wider review of their policies and culture."

5 September 2020: Yorkshire requests an independent law firm to investigate allegations of racism against Rafiq's club.

13 November 2020: Rafiq stated that he hopes to effect "meaningful changes" after he made his first statement in response to the inquiry.

15 December 2020: Rafiq files an action against Yorkshire alleging direct discrimination, harassment and victimization on the basis of race.

2 February 2021: Yorkshire threatens a lifetime ban to anyone who makes threats against Rafiq, his family or legal team. This threat was made after ESPN Cricinfo shows them messages Rafiq sent.

17 June 2021: Rafiq and Yorkshire fail to reach an agreement in a case before the employment tribunal. His racism accusations remain under investigation.

16 August 2021: Yorkshire receives the results of an independent investigation into racism allegations and two days later the England and Wales Cricket Board asks for a copy.

19 August 2021: Yorkshire, which has yet to release the results of the report, admits Rafiq was the victim of inappropriate behavior and offers him "profound apologies."

Rafiq accuses Yorkshire, calling him "inappropriate behavior" and downplaying racism.

8 September 2021: Yorkshire MPs ask for the publication of the findings "immediately".

10 September 2021: Yorkshire releases the findings of the report. It states that Rafiq was the victim of racial harassment, bullying, and seven of the 43 allegations were supported by an independent panel.

Hutton stated that the report did not contain sufficient evidence to conclude Yorkshire County Cricket Club was institutionally racist.

Yorkshire published a summary of the panel report and its recommendations. However, the full report was not available for legal reasons.

8 October 2021: Yorkshire misses the deadline to submit the complete report to Rafiq, his legal team and the media after BBC Sport learns that an employment judge ordered the club's release in its entirety by Friday, October 8.

13 October 2021: Rafiq receives a heavily edited version. The ECB states that it is still awaiting its full report.

28 October 2021 Yorkshire: Yorkshire claims that it conducted its own internal investigation following the findings of the report. It concluded that there was no misconduct or action by its employees, players, or executives that would warrant disciplinary action.

2 November 2021: Hutton is summoned by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee to answer questions regarding Yorkshire's handling a Rafiq-related report.

After a leaked report containing details about the investigation into Rafiq's treatment, MP Knight, the chair of the DCMS select Committee, has called on the board at Yorkshire County Cricket Club for its resignation.

ESPN published a story saying that the report concluded that Rafiq had been referred to as "banter" when he used a racially offensive word towards him.

Knight's comments come after Javid, the health secretary, calls for "heads-to-roll" at Yorkshire. He said that if the ECB didn't take action, "it isn’t fit for purpose". In a tweet, Knight stated that Rafiq's term was "not banter"

The ECB announced that it would conduct a full investigation into the matter.

3 November 2021: Rafiq, together with other senior Yorkshire officials, is due to testify at the DCMS hearing on 16 November.

Many sponsors, including the primary sponsor Emerald Publishing, have ended their partnership with Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

Gary Ballance, the current Yorkshire batter, releases a long statement in which he regrets using a racial slur to refer to Rafiq, his former team-mate.

4 November 2021: Yorkshire is banned from hosting international matches by the ECB board.

Nike announces the end of a four-year contract with kit supplier Nike. This was announced in March 2021.

Michael Vaughan, former captain of England, claims he was included in the report, but "totally rejects any allegation about racism".

5 November 2021: Yorkshire chairman Roger Hutton quits following the club's response. He also apologises to Rafiq "unreservedly". A further two board members resigned, and another will be leaving in the near future. Lord Kamlesh Patel, Bradford, is named director and chair.

Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, a former Yorkshire player, claims he was made racist comments by Vaughan towards a group Asian players.

BBC reports Vaughan won't appear on Monday's 5 Live program.