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Sherif Lanre has *finally* revealed why he was booted out of the Love Island villa

"It is what it is".

15 Jun 2019

Sherif Lanre left the Love Island villa after 'breaking the rules' and rumours have been swirling left, right and centre about the reason behind his departure.

And now, Sherif has finally revealed why he was removed from the summer's most-loved show. Speaking to The Sun, Sherif revealed how he accidentally kicked fellow contestant Molly-Mae in the groin when they'd been play fighting.

Sherif, who was then asked to go to the Beach Hut following the incident, told The Sun how there were two directors waiting there asking him to explain himself.

“I told them we were just messing around but they said I had broken the code of conduct and it had been decided by someone high up that I had to leave. I was shown a straight red card," he said.

According to a transcript played back, after accidentally kicking Molly-Mae, Sherif told Tommy Fury: "That's a c*** punt."

Sherif also explained how he'd never used the word before and maintains that he was 'completely wrong'. He did, however, add: “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.”

The revelation comes after Sherif took to Instagram following his departure to say: "Thank you to everyone including my friends and family for the support I’ve come back to,’ he began to his 284k followers. ‘I appreciate you all and hope I provided some good, positive moments during my time on Love Island, and for anyone wondering, I’m all good.’ In true Sherif style, he added: ‘#ItIsWhatItIs #BiggerThingsToCome."

An ITV spokesperson said: “After breaking the villa rules Sherif had conversations with the producers and it was mutually agreed that he would leave the Love Island villa.”

And in a statement, Sherif himself 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.”

Here's a full list of the show's rules...

  1. No smoking inside the villa or villa garden
  2. No phones or prohibited items
  3. No nudity
  4. No masturbating
  5. No inappropriate language or behaviour
  6. No excessive drinking
  7. No unsafe sex

The 20-year-old chef, who also plays semi-professional rugby, was coupled with fellow islander, Anna Vakili.

The news comes after it was revealed that Love Island is ITV2’s most successful show ever, with Monday’s Day Dot episode reaching a peak viewership of 3.7 million, this series has officially hit the highest ratings they’ve ever had on an opening night. Plus, ITV confirm if you take in viewers across all devices, 4.2 million people were technically tuning in.