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Michael Vaughan is stepping down from his BBC role two weeks after his arraignment in the Yorkshire racism scandal

Former England captain Michael Vaughan has temporarily stepped down from his role at the BBC over the Yorkshire racism scandal.

Vaughan, 47, was charged earlier this month and his continued place in the Test Match Special has met with widespread opposition.

Michael Vaughan has temporarily stepped down from his role at the BBC

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Michael Vaughan has temporarily stepped down from his role at the BBCPhoto credit: Getty

In a statement, Vaughan said: “On numerous occasions I have voiced my views on issues relating to YCCC.

“It’s always unfortunate when comments about off-pitch matters take the focus away from what’s happening on the pitch.

“Given the ongoing dialogue on this issue, I have made the decision to step down from my work at the BBC for the time being.

“The main reason for this is my concern for the well-being of my family members and my desire to protect their family life.

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“The temporary withdrawal is also in the interests of football and I hope it will minimize any difficulties my work colleagues may experience.”

The BBC replied: “Following discussions with Michael Vaughan, we have accepted his decision to withdraw from our cricket coverage.

“It’s a decision we respect and understand.

“Michael remains under contract with the BBC.”

Vaughan and three other ex-England players have been accused of discrediting cricket over racism allegations.

Captain Vaughan, bowler Matthew Hoggard, batsman Gary Ballance and all-rounder Tim Bresnan have been accused of using racist and discriminatory language.

Ex-Yorkshire skipper Andrew Gale is believed to be among a total of seven people charged.

The charges come after former Yorkshire all-rounder Azeem Rafiq went public with claims he had been racially abused in the county.

Hoggard denies claims Bresnan denied the racist language he used towards Rafiq, while Ballance admitted calling Rafiq a “P***” but claimed it was a “banter” with his once best friend.

Cases will be heard before the Cricket Disciplinary Committee, which works separately from the ECB, in either September or October – although this could be delayed due to litigation.

Vaughan and other players plan to take action against the charges and will have the opportunity to cross-examine their sides of the story.

Ballance is the only player left with the Yorkshire team despite not playing this season.

Rafiq, who provided testimony to the ECB, said: “I welcome the ECB’s announcement and I hope we can move quickly to the hearing.

“This was another grueling but sadly necessary process.

“It’s been a long two years since I’ve made my experience public – but I hope it all means that no young player ever has to go through such pain and alienation again.”

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