Cricket-Giles bats for Vaughan to get second chance amid racism allegations


© Reuters. Cricket – West Indies v England – Second Test – National Cricket Ground, Grenada – 22/4/15
Television pundit and former England captain Michael Vaughan before the start of play
Action Images via Reuters / Jason O’Brien


(Reuters) – Former England captain Michael Vaughan deserves a second chance after being embroiled in the racism controversy involving former Yorkshire player Azeem Rafiq, the director of England men’s cricket Ashley Giles has said.

Rafiq alleged that Vaughan told him and two other players of Asian origin that there were “too many of you lot, we need to do something about it” before a match in 2009. Vaughan has strongly denied the accusation.

Vaughan, 47, was dropped from the BBC’s coverage nL1N2SF113 of the Ashes series in Australia, which starts in December.

Asked about Vaughan’s situation, Giles, who is in Brisbane with England’s Ashes squad, said he could not comment on the broadcaster’s policies, but added “tolerance is really important.

“We all do make mistakes and we will again. But we have to be able to tolerate, educate and rehabilitate, otherwise people aren’t going to open up and share their experiences and learn,” Giles was quoted as saying by The Guardian.

“Does zero tolerance mean we shouldn’t accept discrimination and racism? Absolutely. But not giving people second chances, I’m not sure that’s a healthy way forward for us.

“We all know that this can be a bit of a minefield. Even the language we use around this area almost changes by the month. So for me, we’ve got to educate more, we’ve got to call it out in the dressing room much more effectively if we see it.”

Giles also backed England captain Joe Root to “do what is right” if he feels his players are being abused by fans during the Ashes.

“If he chose to bring the team into the middle of the field and stop the game while that was investigated, then absolutely,” Giles added.

“I don’t think any of our players should be subject to any abuse actually, but discrimination and racism particularly.”

Disclaimer: Fusion Media would like to remind you that the data contained in this website is not necessarily real-time nor accurate. All CFDs (stocks, indexes, futures) and Forex prices are not provided by exchanges but rather by market makers, and so prices may not be accurate and may differ from the actual market price, meaning prices are indicative and not appropriate for trading purposes. Therefore Fusion Media doesn`t bear any responsibility for any trading losses you might incur as a result of using this data.

Fusion Media or anyone involved with Fusion Media will not accept any liability for loss or damage as a result of reliance on the information including data, quotes, charts and buy/sell signals contained within this website. Please be fully informed regarding the risks and costs associated with trading the financial markets, it is one of the riskiest investment forms possible.


Leave a Reply

This website uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you accept our use of cookies.