Michael Vaughan has said he was sorry for the pain his former Yorkshire teammate Azeem Rafiq endured due to racism he experienced at the club. ‘I’m sorry for the hurt he has gone through,’ the former England captain said of Rafiq. ‘It hurts deeply, hurts me that a player has gone through so much, been treated so badly at the club that I love.’

In an interview given to BBC Breakfast, Vaughan denied making racist comments during his time at Yorkshire and said he understood the BBC’s decision to drop him from their coverage of the upcoming Ashes series.

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