BBC chiefs decide to STICK with Michael Vaughan despite being charged by the ECB

Michael Vaughan WILL be part of the BBC’s coverage of England vs New Zealand this week as the broadcaster sticks by him despite being charged by the EBC in connection with the Yorkshire racism scandal

The BBC will stand by Michael Vaughan despite his ECB charge for bringing the game into disrepute in connection with the Yorkshire racism scandal.

Beeb executives had been under pressure to stand down the former England captain from their broadcasts until the case is concluded. This would have seen him miss the entire summer as the disciplinary hearings are not due to take place until at least September.

But it is understood Vaughan will remain on the air and will be part of the BBC’s Test Match Special coverage for England’s third Test against New Zealand at Headingley, beginning this Thursday.

Sportsmail has also learned that the 47-year-old will not be asked about the ECB charges while commentating.

Vaughan was dropped by the BBC indefinitely in November due to allegations of racism made by Azeem Rafiq, who claimed he told a group of Muslim players in 2009 there were ‘too many of you lot, we need to do something about it.’

Vaughan was taken off air when the allegations became public and did not return until March. He ‘completely and categorically’ denies the allegations.

BBC executives have decided to stick with Michael Vaughan despite being charged by the ECB

His BBC duties are currently restricted to Test Match Special and BBC2’s highlights show, Today at the Test, after he took his podcast elsewhere due to a dispute over the name. 

The BBC rebranded the Tuffers and Vaughan Cricket Show in light of the Rafiq affair, with Vaughan opting to leave the programme and set up his own podcast, The Vaughany and Tuffers Cricket Club.

Vaughan is one of seven ex-Yorkshire cricketers charged by the ECB after an inquiry into allegations of historic racism at Headingley. 

Among the others are former England players Matthew Hoggard, Tim Bresnan and Gary Ballance and former Yorkshire coach Andrew Gale.

An independent inquiry conducted last year upheld seven of Rafiq’s 43 complaints in finding he had been the victim of racial harassment and bullying at Yorkshire, but the club opted to take no action.

Vaughan was charged with bringing the game of cricket into disrepute in connection with the Yorkshire racism scandal

Vaughan was charged with bringing the game of cricket into disrepute in connection with the Yorkshire racism scandal 

Vaughan was previously dropped by the BBC due to racism allegations made by Azeem Rafiq

Vaughan was previously dropped by the BBC due to racism allegations made by Azeem Rafiq

He was taken off air when the allegations became public and did not return until March

He was taken off air when the allegations became public and did not return until March

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