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Major Corrie star SACKED ‘with immediate effect’ after racist Twitter rant

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Coronation Street bosses have acted quickly to sack one of their main characters after he went on a racist Twitter rant.

Marc Anwar, who has played businessman Sharif Nazir in Corrie for the past couple years, sent a series of bigoted tweets that described Indians as “b******s” and “p**s-drinking c***s”.

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ITV released a statement about the fate of the 45-year-old Pakistani actor.

The statement read: “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.”

FROM ITV STRICT EMBARGO - NO USE BEFORE TUESDAY 16 AUGUST 2016 Coronation Street - Ep 8973 Monday 22 August 2016 - 1st Ep Sharif Nazir [MARC ANWAR] and Yasmeen Nazir [SHELLEY KING] arrive home and are utterly thrilled to find their grandchildren have arranged a surprise 45th wedding anniversary party. Sharif makes a speech and announces to Yasmeen he’s booked a holiday, the honeymoon they never had. However he’s interrupted by the arrival of their old friend Sonia Rahman [SUDHA BHUCHAR], who clearly upset, explains her husband has thrown her out. While a concerned Yasmeen heads off to make Sonia a cup of tea, grim-faced Sharif makes it clear he’s unimpressed by her surprise visit. Picture contact: david.crook@itv.com on 0161 952 6214 Photographer: Mark Bruce This photograph is (C) ITV Plc and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme or event mentioned above, or ITV plc. Once made available by ITV plc Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the transmission [TX] date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. This photograph must not be manipulated [excluding basic cropping] in a manner which alters the visual appearance of the person photographed deemed detrimental or inappropriate by ITV plc Picture Desk. This photograph must not be syndicated to any other company, publication or website, or permanently archived, without the express written permission of ITV Plc Picture Desk. Full Terms and conditions are available on the website www.itvpictures.com

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His tweets were in response to 17 soldiers that were killed at a Kashmir army base.

This sparked a UN incident between India and Pakistan.

The shocking tweets called for Indian movies to be banned in Pakistan and for Pakistanis to leave India.

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Marc has since made his Twitter account private.

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A Coronation Street spokeswoman told The Sun: “We are shocked by the entirely unacceptable racially offensive comments made on Twitter by Marc Anwar.

“As a consequence of his ­comments, he will not be returning to Coronation Street with immediate effect.”