Love Island star Sherif Lanre has criticised the show after current contestant Danny Bibby was allowed to remain in the villa, and offer an apology via a statement, after being found to have made a racial slur on social media.
Sherif, who used the phrase 'c**t punch' in the villa after accidentally kicking Molly-Mae Hague in the groin and was removed from the show over it, told The Sun that he is not impressed that ITV have allowed Danny to stay.
"ITV have shown complete double standards when it comes to racism," he said. "They don't seem to care.
"A white guy has been allowed to apologise from inside the villa for using the N word and carry on filming, whereas I was removed for play fighting and doing something by accident.
"The N word shouldn't be used and this contestant should be removed from the house like I was, especially after the England football team were racially abused this week. ITV need to set an example."
Digital Spy have reached out to ITV for comment.
Sherif also alleged that a contestant during his series used the N word multiple times in his presence and that he reported them, but nothing was done about it.
ITV responded to that allegation, stating: "We monitor the islanders 24/7 and we have no recording of the use of this alleged language. At no point did anyone use that language in rap lyrics or any other time. We do have clear rules on the use of language in the villa.
After leaving the villa in 2019, Molly-Mae said she knew the kick was an accident and held no grudge towards Sherif.
Love Island airs on ITV2, and is available via catch up on ITV Hub, with episodes available the following morning for BritBox subscribers.
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