BBC’s The Wheel releases statement after Michael Vaughan appearance

The BBC released a statement after former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan appeared on The Wheel last night.

The Wheel is a game show where contestants take a spinning wheel and answer trivial questions in the hope of winning a cash prize.

The former Vaughan cricketer and commentator made an appearance on Saturday’s (January 22) episode hosted by comedian Michael McIntyre.

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The 47-year-old sports personality has made headlines for his involvement in the Yorkshire Cricket Club scandal, where he allegedly made racist remarks towards a group of Asian cricketers, including the County Cricket Club player of Yorkshire Azeem Rafiq.

Rafiq says Vaughan told him ‘too many of you, we have to do something about it’ during a County Championship game in 2009 – but he denies ever saying that.

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The claims were backed up by former Yorkshire away player Rana Naved-ul-Hasan and current England star Adil Rashid, who both claim they heard Vaughan make the comment in question.

Last year, the BBC reported that Vaughan would not be part of The Ashes coverage.

A spokesperson said: “We are in regular contact with Michael and have had positive conversations with him over the past few days.

“Our contributors are required to speak on relevant issues, so Michael’s involvement in such an important story means it is not possible for him to be part of our Ashes coverage or wider coverage. cricket at the moment.

“We are pleased with how our conversations have gone and look forward to working with Michael again in the future. He remains under contract with the BBC.”

Yesterday’s episode of The Wheel was filmed in early 2021.

The BBC spokesman added: ‘The Wheel is a game show in which guests are not required to discuss topical issues.

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