In the midst of the racist storm that followed the BBC’s decision to remove Michael Vaughan as England’s cricket radio host earlier this month, Vaughan’s sponsors started to distance from him.

  • The sponsors of Michael Vaughan have distanced their selves from the racism storm. 
  • England Captain is charged with racially abusing Asian-American players 
  • Charles Tyrwhitt of men’s apparel said that they are monitoring the situation closely.
  • Vaughan could be removed from BBC Ashes coverage in the winter, according to a request by The BBC 

Michael Vaughan’s sponsors began distancing themselves from the former England captain on Monday. 

A spokesperson for upmarket men’s outfitters Charles Tyrwhitt released a statement saying they were ‘aware of the allegations against Michael Vaughan and will be monitoring the situation closely over the coming days’. 

Two of Vaughan’s long-term backers NatWest and Yorkshire Tea told Sportmail they no longer work with England’s historic Ashes-winning hero, but the cessation of his commercial work predates the current storm triggered by his admission that he is named in the independent report into allegations of racist abuse made by Azeem Rafiq.

Michael Vaughan's sponsors have distanced themselves from the former England captain

Michael Vaughan’s sponsors distance themselves from former England captain

The BBC pundit is accused of racially abusing his former Yorkshire team-mates in 2009

In 2009, the BBC pundit was accused of racistally abusing former Yorkshire teammates

However, he could be left behind by other sponsors depending on what happens at Tuesday’s highly charged select committee hearing. 

Rafiq will give evidence at the department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport at which he will be asked about Vaughan’s alleged comments that ‘there’s too many of you lot, we need to do something about it’ before Yorkshire’s T20 match against Notts in 2009. 

Vaughan’s deal with NatWest came to an end earlier this year when the bank were replaced by online car retailer Cinch as England’s main shirt sponsor, and Yorkshire Tea said they had not worked with him since June 2020. 

A spokesman for Hardy’s Wines, who have used Vaughan since 2015, declined to comment when asked about their relationship. 

Vaughan was removed from BBC cricket radio and the BBC is putting pressure on him to be dropped from Ashes coverage.

Yorkshire Tea (pictured) stopped working with Vaughan this summer while other sponsors have distanced themselves

Yorkshire Tea (pictured), stopped working this summer with Vaughan, while other sponsors disassociated themselves

A spokesperson for Hardy's Wines declined to comment when asked about their relationship with Vaughan (left)

Hardy’s Wines spokesperson refused to respond when Vaughan was asked about the relationship.