Why did Sherif get booted out of the villa and what are the Love Island rules?
16 June 2019, 12:39 | Updated: 16 June 2019, 12:41
Sherif Lanre has been axed from the ITV2 show after breaking one of the rules of the show. Here's what we know about what he did, and what the Love Island rules are.
Sherif Lanre was booted off Love Island for breaking one of the show's strictest rules, it emerged earlier this week.
The 20-year-old chef, who was coupled up with Anna Vakili, reportedly mutually agreed with bosses to leave the show after nine days in the villa.
Why did Sherif get kicked off Love Island?
Sherif revealed today (16 June) the real reason why he got kicked out of the villa. He told The Sun on Sunday that he was kicked off for saying 'c*** punt' after accidentally kicking Molly-Mae Hague in the crotch during a play fight.
He said: “I have never used the word before and I realise how insulting it is to women.
“As someone raised by a strong and loving mother, I want to say that I would never intentionally offend women.
“I was completely wrong and I apologise.”
He also claimed that he was a victim of 'unconscious racism' from the show, adding: “I was the only black man in the villa and I was kicked out after ten days.
“In my opinion, what happened was unconscious racism.
“There was, I felt, sexism. I feel I wouldn’t have been given that red card if I was a white woman.”
ITV told Heart.co.uk: "We would strongly refute any accusation of racism. All of the Islanders are treated fairly and in accordance with our duty of care."
Sherif's statement about his Love Island axe:
Sherif released a statement soon after he was kicked out the show. It said: “In a case of poor judgement, I broke the villa rules and as a result agreed with the producers that it was best for me to leave the villa. I regret that I didn’t conduct myself in the right way and, as a 20 year old guy, it’s something I know I will take on board and learn from. I really enjoyed my time in the villa and look forward to catching up with everyone on the outside.”
ITV's statement about Sherif's exit:
ITV also wrote: “After breaking the villa rules Sherif had conversations with the producers and it was mutually agreed that he would leave the Love Island villa.”
Who was Sherif coupled up with?
Sherif was coupled up with Anna Vakili in the show.
What are the Love Island rules?
The rules of the show have been previously reported as follows: Contestants have to stick to a number of rules in the villa, and there are strict guidelines when it comes to smoking and drinking.
The islanders are also not allowed to be fully naked in front of each other, and there is also reportedly a ban on masturbation.
The islanders are also not allowed phones and other contraband in the villa.
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