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RACIST DIATRIBE: Marc Anwar posted offensive Tweets about Indian people and has subsequently been sacked from the nation’s most popular TV soap ( Pic cred: YouTube)

RACIST DIATRIBE: Marc Anwar posted offensive Tweets about Indian people and has subsequently been sacked from the nation’s most popular TV soap ( Pic cred: YouTube)

Corrie actor released after racist tweets

After tweeting alleged racist rants about Indian people this week, Coronation Street star Marc Anwar has been sacked from the soap.

The 60-year-old actor, who was born in Pakistan, joined the show in 2014 to play the role of  Sharif Nazir and has left the show ‘with immediate effect’ for the comments posted from his protected account.

The alleged tweets from Anwar's Twitter were critical of India over the disputed Kashmir region and called on Pakistani actors to stop working in the country, amid heightened tensions between the two nations over the divided Himalayan territory following deadly attacks by militants.

The tweets also referred to Indian people as ‘b*******’ and ‘p***-drinking c****’.

In a YouTube video posted on Sunday 25th September, Mr Anwar apologised for his behaviour.

He said: “I'd like to offer my sincere apologies for my tweets on Friday.

“The language was unacceptable and I feel I've let a lot of people down. I hope everyone I offended can find it in their hearts to forgive me.”

Fiyaz Mughal, director of the charity Faith Matters, said: “It’s unacceptable for anyone today to put material online that targets a segment of a population. You can’t just blame a whole group of people for a conflict.”

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."

ITV confirmed that pre-filmed episodes with the actor will still air, but his presence in the show will be minimised until his character can be written out.

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Horror-nation Street: Corrie star suffers awful facial injury after blacking out

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BATTERED AND BRUSIED: Corrie actor Qasim Akhtar had a freak ‘rush of blood to the head’ whilst training in his garden

BATTERED AND BRUSIED: Corrie actor Qasim Akhtar had a freak ‘rush of blood to the head’ whilst training in his garden

Coronation Street fans were in shock this week after Corrie actor Qasim Akhtar posted a photograph of his bloodied face on social media.

The Corrie heart-throb’s face looked like it had gone through a few rounds with Mike Tyson after he revealed that he had blacked out in a freak accident.

25-year-old Qasim, who plays Zeedan Nazir in the award-winning soap, was exercising at home when he lost consciousness and fell on the patio, leaving a painful looking cut over his right eye.

The actor, who is now recovering, has been flooded with concerned messages and well-wishes from his co-stars Sally Ann Matthews, Kym Marsh and Jane Danson.

He wrote on Instagram: “So, I’ve just got out of A and E. Training in the garden earlier - had a sudden rush of blood to my head and hit the stone deck face first after blacking out. Great start to the weekend.”

He later explained: “I think I just got an unusual amount of blood rush to my head and fainted.”

Kym, who plays Rovers Return barmaid Michelle Connor, asked: “Are you ok doll?” to which he replied: “I am now mrs. Codeine and rest for me this weekend.”

Jane, who plays pregnant Leanne Battersby, tweeted: “Aw love, hope you feel ok soon, that looks so sore x”

And he told Sally Ann, who plays Jenny Bradley: “I’m counting my blessings I didn’t land two feet to the right off the corner of a step.”

Brave Qasim admitted that his injury was ‘very very sore’ but tweeted that he will be ‘back in work tomorrow’.

He said: “I’m a soldier haha this won’t stop me. I’ll be back on it Monday.”

Qasim has been on the ITV soap since 2014, when he was cast as the son of Kal, played by Jimi Mistry. He has also played Chesney Karib in the Channel 4 show ‘Shameless’.

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