Love Island viewers want Maura Higgins out amid Sherif Lanre's exit news

Love Island viewers have blasted ITV for their apparent ‘double standards’ following Sherif Lanre’s shock exit last week and Maura Higgins’ behaviour towards Tommy Fury.

Sherif, 20, was frogmarched out of the Majorcan villa after accidentally kicking Molly-Mae Hague in the groin and later joking about the incident.

Revealing what went down, the former contestant told The Sun: ‘I did kick Molly-Mae in the groin area but it was an accident and she 100 per cent was not injured afterwards.’

He added that he also made light of the situation with Tommy, saying: ‘That’s a c**t punt.’

Meanwhile, in scenes that aired on Friday, Love Island contestant Maura was seen trying to kiss Tommy before later climbing on top of him and asking if ‘she turned him on.’

Viewers on social media are furious that the ring girl hasn’t faced the same treatment as Sherif and reckon she should also be removed from the show.

Airing their rage on Twitter, one person blasted: ‘I love Love island but the double standards on this show is terrible. ITV need to sort it out.

‘Maura spends an entire episode sexually harassing Tommy and nothing is done, meanwhile Sherif gets kicked out for making a banterous joke using the word c***.’

‘Seriously, how is it possible that Sherif has been thrown out of the villa for accidentally kicking someone whilst play fighting and saying a rude word, whilst Maura is literally being a sexual predator towards Tommy and no one even bats an eyelid?’ slammed another.

Sherif has claimed that he was a victim of ‘unconscious racism’ after being removed from Love Island, explaining that the producers might have had an ‘inherent bias in their minds’ that caused them to act against him.

‘The way in which I was kicked out has left a bad taste in my mouth,’ he added to the publication.

ITV denied Sherif’s claim, as a spokesperson stressed: ‘We would strongly refute any accusation of racism. All of the Islanders are treated fairly and in accordance with our duty of care.’

Love Island and Sherif announced the shock departure in a joint statement at the time, which read: ‘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.’

Love Island declined to comment.

Love Island airs tonight at 9pm on ITV.

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