GMB: Adil Ray takes cheeky dig at Piers Morgan
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Former Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan has taken to social media to vehemently defend England cricket player Michael Vaughan, after the BBC announced that he would not be forming part of the BBC’s coverage on the Ashes. The former cricketer was accused of making a racist remark by Yorkshire cricket player Azeem Rafiq, which he vehemently denies.
How is this fair?
In view of his 7.9 million Twitter followers, the former newsreader defended the international cricket player.
Piers wrote: “So let me get this straight, the BBC has effectively found @MichaelVaughan guilty of something he vehemently denies, but has no way to prove he didn’t do, after allegations from someone who spewed anti-Semitic slurs but hasn’t been banned by the BBC.
“How is this fair?” he ended the post.
The star was responding to a statement made by the BBC which confirmed that the cricketer would not be a part of this year’s Ashes coverage team.
Piers also referenced cricketer Azeem Rafiq, who issued an apology last week after it emerged that he used anti-semitic slurs on Facebook 10 years ago.
The sportsmen said that he was “incredible angry at himself” as he issued an apology to the Jewish community for his remarks.
Addressing the allegations against Vaughan, the BBC’s statement read: “While he is involved in a significant story in cricket, for editorial reasons we do not believe that it would be appropriate for Michael Vaughan to have a role in our Ashes team or wider coverage of the sport at the moment.
“We require our contributors to talk about relevant topics and his involvement in the Yorkshire story represents a conflict of interest.”
The BBC’s statement came after cricketer Azeem alleged that Vaughan had made a racist comment 12 years ago.
He claims that the former England skipper made the remark while playing for Yorkshire in 2009.
He claimed that the cricketer had told a group of Asian players “there’s too many of you lot” in the Yorkshire squad.
Vaughan has repeatedly denied the allegation made against him.
He said: “I completely and categorically deny that I ever said those words.
“I will fight to the end to prove I am not that person,” he penned in a column for The Telegraph.
Many of Piers’ followers took to Twitter to agree with his views over the BBC’s decision.
Mark Bromley wrote: “Really sad.
“Why, as soon as an allegation of racism is made against someone, are they presumed guilty until proven innocent?
“He denies it wholeheartedly. Surely you are always innocent until proven guilty? I actually feel sorry for him.”
While Danny Pearce wrote: “This doesn’t feel right to me tbh. Hung out to dry.”(sic)
However, social media user Ahmed disagreed.
Responding to Piers, he penned: “This is the correct decision. You may not like it but it’s correct.
“The controversy surrounding the situation AND the testimony of more than one person (including a current Eng ain’t) means it needs to be investigated.(sic)
“I don’t know why you’d be so against this,” he ended his response.
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