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Corononation Street star sacked for racist tweets against Indians

Marc Anwar in a still from Coronation Street. Image courtesy: ITV Photograph: (Others)

WION London, United Kingdom Sep 25, 2016, 05.42 PM (IST)

'Coronation Street' actor Marc Anwar has been sacked by ITV for a series of racist tweets against Indians, allegedly posted by him in the aftermath of the deadly Uri militant attack in India's Kashmir.

ITV said in a statement, "We are deeply shocked by the entirely unacceptable, racially offensive comments made on Twitter by Marc Anwar. We have talked to Marc and, as a consequence of his comments, he will not be returning to Coronation Street with immediate effect."

The Pakistan-born actor, 45, who plays Sharif Nazir in the popular soap, was fired after the Sunday Mirror alerted ITV about his racist tweets. The paper also published a screenshot of his offensive tweets in which he calls Indians "killers" and criticises Pakistan's prime minister Nawaz Sharif for being soft with Indian Prime Minister Modi.

ITV has clarified that pre-filmed episodes with the actor will still air but his presence in the show will be minimised, BBC reported.

Marc Anwar, who has also acted in films like 'Captain Phillips' and '51st State', joined 'Cornonation Street' in 2014.



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