Sherif Lanre has for the first time opened up about exactly what occurred during his dramatic removal from the Love Island villa.
The 20-year-old chef was confirmed to have been kicked off the show earlier this week, but his exit had been shrouded in mystery with the scenes never making it to air on the ITV2 series.
But after admitting he was dismissed for accidentally kicking co-star Molly-Mae Hague in the groin, Sherif has explained just how ITV bosses told him his time was up.
He told how he and Molly-Mae had been play-fighting in the bathroom while brushing their teeth when his toe 'crashed' into her groin.
Afterwards, the islanders went to sleep in the communal bedroom as usual – but Sherif was given an abrupt awakening.
The contestant was 'hauled' out of his bed and then marched into the Beach Hut to speak to the crew.
The move came after ITV producers poured over the footage before ultimately deciding to remove Sherif.
Sherif told The Sun: "There were two directors in the Beach Hut and they asked me to explain myself.
“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."
To show the seriousness of what had occured, Sherif had to listen to a transcript of what happened.
"It was only my part of the dialogue and it was read in a completely monotone voice, which took everything out of context," he said.
After accidentally booting Molly-Mae, Sherif had told Tommy Fury: "That's a c*** punt."
Sherif has since said he's never used the term before and 'doesn't know where it came from.
He was then sent home without the chance to pack his bags or say his goodbyes to the contestants – including Anna Vakilli who he was partnered up with.
"I was treated like a criminal over a simple mistake," claims Sherif.
Mirror Online has contacted ITV for comment.
Confirming Sherif's exit this week, a Love Island spokesperson shared a statement, "After breaking the villa rules Sherif had conversations with the producers and it was mutually agreed that he would leave the Love Island villa."
To which Sherif then added: "The reality star – who was coupled up with Anna Vakili – added: ‘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."
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