Vaughan ‘sorry’ for hurt Rafiq has gone through

Azeem Rafiq told MPs earlier this month of the “inhuman” treatment he suffered during his time at Yorkshire, with Michael Vaughan among a number of figures implicated in the case; Vaughan has denied claims he said “too many of you lot, we need to do something about it”

Last Updated: 27/11/21 7:38am

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Rob Jones reports that Michael Vaughan has been left out of the BBC commentary team for the Ashes tour, after he was implicated in allegations of racism made by Azeem Rafiq, which Vaughan strongly denies

Rob Jones reports that Michael Vaughan has been left out of the BBC commentary team for the Ashes tour, after he was implicated in allegations of racism made by Azeem Rafiq, which Vaughan strongly denies

Ex-England captain Michael Vaughan says he is “sorry” for the pain Azeem Rafiq has experienced amid his former Yorkshire team-mate’s allegations of racism.

Rafiq told MPs earlier this month of the “inhuman” treatment he suffered during his time at Yorkshire, with Vaughan among a number of figures implicated in the case.

Vaughan has denied claims he said “too many of you lot, we need to do something about it” to Rafiq and three other Asian players before a Yorkshire match in 2009, while he has been left out of the BBC team for the upcoming Ashes tour of Australia due to a potential “conflict of interest”.

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In an interview with BBC Breakfast shown on Saturday morning, the former England captain said: “I’m sorry for the hurt (Rafiq’s) gone through.

“Time I don’t think can ever be a healer in the situation that he’s gone through.

“But hopefully time can be a way of us making sure that Yorkshire County Cricket Club never goes through this situation again and never puts themselves in a position of denial that they treated a player so badly.”

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