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Yorkshire set for ECB charge over handling of Azeem Rafiq racism case

Yorkshire are set to be charged by the ECB for bringing the sport into disrepute over the way they have handled former player Azeem Rafiq’s allegations of racism

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Yorkshire are reportedly set to be charged for bringing the sport into disrepute by the ECB over the way they have handled the Azeem Rafiq case.

Last year, Rafiq spoke publicly about the racism he experienced during his time at the club in a series of interviews and revealed that his experiences left him on the brink of “committing suicide”.

Following Rafiq’s comments, Yorkshire launched an investigation into the claims and they released a statement in August admitting that “several of the allegations made by Azeem were upheld”.

The statement went on to say that Rafiq was “the victim of inappropriate behaviour”, with Yorkshire stopping short of admitting that he had suffered racist abuse.



Yorkshire are set to be charged by the ECB for bringing the sport into disrepute over the way they have handled former player Azeem Rafiq’s allegations of racism
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A month later, Yorkshire published a summary of the report into Rafiq’s allegations, finally admitting that he had been subjected to racism.

“There is no question that Azeem Rafiq, during his first spell as a player at YCCC, was the victim of racial harassment,” Yorkshire chairman Roger Hutton said.

“He was also subsequently the victim of bullying. On behalf of all at YCCC, I wish to extend my sincere, profound and unreserved apologies to Azeem and to his family.”









Now, according to a report from the Daily Mail, the ECB have tasked their Cricket Dispute Commission to deal with the matter and that formal charges against Yorkshire could be imminent.

It is also stated that the county are yet to send the full 100-page report to the ECB, despite chair Ian Watmore publicly requesting a copy two months ago.



Azeem Rafiq played for Yorkshire across two spells between 2008 and 2018
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The report also claims that Yorkshire could face more charges, with the ECB left frustrated ‘over what they regard as Yorkshire’s obfuscation and delaying tactics’.

In the summary that Yorkshire published last month, they revealed that seven allegations had been upheld by an independent panel.

Among the upheld allegations was the fact that ” a former coach regularly used racist language” and that “there were three separate incidents of racist language being used by former players”.




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