The BBC has dropped Michael Vaughan from their team covering this winter's Ashes series because of his involvement in the continuing investigation into racism at Yorkshire, having concluded that the former England captain could not comment on topical issues without exposing a conflict of interest.

Vaughan was accused by Azeem Rafiq of making a racist comment before a Yorkshire game in 2009, and though Vaughan has strongly denied doing so two other players, Adil Rashid and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, have backed Rafiq's version of events.

"While he is involved in a significant story in cricket, for editorial reasons we do not believe that it would be appropriate for Michael Vaughan to have a role in our Ashes team or wider coverage of the sport at the moment," the BBC said in a statement.

"We require our contributors to talk about relevant topics and his involvement in the Yorkshire story represents a conflict of interest."

But he is still set to commentate on the Ashes this winter after receiving the backing of Australian rights-holders Fox Sports, who will provide the audio to BT Sport.

Vaughan was accused of telling four players of Asian heritage 'there are too many of you lot.

During a 30-year career as both a cricketer and a commentator, he said he had "never been accused of anything remotely similar", adding that to be confronted with such an allegation "11 years after it has supposed to have happened" is the "worst thing I have ever experienced".

The match the comments were said to have been made at were today revealed to be a T20 match against Nottinghamshire (pictured)

"I completely and categorically deny that I ever said those words," he wrote in a column for the Telegraph.

Vaughan was stood down from his BBC 5 Live show earlier this month after he was accused of making the racist remark.

We need to do something about it' during a 2009 county match.

a fourth player in the group, ajmal shahzad, previously told the daily mail he had no recollection of the event.

Pictured: England players match up against the England Lions in Australia as they prepare for the Ashes next month

vaughan for the ashes this year as he is involved in the "significant story" surrounding a racist remark he allegedly made while playing for yorkshire and nottinghamshire.

We will follow the evidence wherever it takes us. '

In an interview with The Cricketer, Ahmed said he concluded Essex was' a white man's world where brown people were outsiders '.

The new development follows allegations made earlier this month by former Essex batter Zoheb Sharif, who said he received racist abuse.

Cricketer Azeem Rafiq (pictured) fought back tears as MPs heard bombshell allegations of institutional racism at the heart of the English game last week

Gayathri Ajith, who was 16, claimed she received the messages from the former Yorkshire cricketer, who was then aged 24, in December 2015.

The message continued :' I want to grab you push u up against wall and kiss you. '

Vaughan has repeatedly denied the allegation made against him.

The BBC's decision comes after it had already removed the former England skipper from the Tuffers and Vaughan Show on BBC radio.

Left: The exchange appears to show Rafiq, then 19, and Javid making offensive remarks about an unidentified Asian cricketer in 2011 who they accused of not paying a dinner bill because 'he is a Jew'. Right: In a statement on Twitter, Rafiq apologised for

Rafiq claimed Vaughan had said to a group of Asian players that there were "too many of you lot" in the Yorkshire squad.

It also follows a plea from Rafiq last week for the broadcaster to cut ties with the 47-year-old.

"I'm disappointed in a lot of people's denials.

The broadcaster said it had taken the decision to avoid a potential "conflict of interest" amid the claims which have been backed by another player, Adil Rashid.

MailOnline can reveal that Rafiq and Javid made the offensive remarks about cricketer Atif Sheikh

Rafiq has called for the entire leadership team at Yorkshire County Cricket Club to resign after he revealed the scale of racism he had suffered while playing for the team to a committee of MPs at Westminster.

Vaughan has "categorically" denied making the remark and claimed his reputation is being "trashed unfairly".

Pakistan bowler Rana Naved ul-Hasan also said he heard Mr Vaughan's comment.

Yorkshire County Cricket Club launched a formal investigation and concluded he was the victim of "racial harassment and bullying" but nobody at the club faced disciplinary action.

The corporation gave the former England captain (pictured on Thursday) the boot for 'editorial reasons' in a statement today - just weeks after being kicked off his BBC Radio 5 Live

Vaughan remains part of the Fox Sports team and also has a column in the Daily Telegraph.

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