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Yorkshire told “more harm will be done” if they do not publish racism report

Yorkshire are yet to publish a report into allegations of racism at the club by their former player Azeem Rafiq

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Yorkshire have been warned that “more harm will be done” if they do not publish a report into Azeem Rafiq’s allegations of racism at the club.

Last year, Rafiq opened up about the racism he experienced during his time at Yorkshire in several interviews, prompting the club to launch an investigation into his claims.

That investigation has now been completed and a full 100-page report has been sent to the club.

However, Yorkshire are yet to publish the report and have only referenced its findings in a statement, where they revealed that “several of the allegations made by Azeem were upheld”.



Yorkshire are yet to publish a report into allegations of racism at the club
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The club also offered Rafiq a “profound” apology, but stopped short of admitting that he had experienced racism at Yorkshire, instead stating he was “the victim of inappropriate behaviour”.

Now, Kevin Brennan, a Labour MP and a member of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, has branded Yorkshire’s refusal to publish the report “unacceptable”.









In a statement sent to ESPNcricinfo, Brennan said: “The failure of Yorkshire Cricket Club to make public the independent report into racism following complaints from former player Azeem Rafiq is unacceptable.

“Only through openness and transparency will racism in sport be eradicated and more harm will be done to the game of cricket and the club by suppressing this report’s findings than by making them public, and following through on the recommendations.”



Former Yorkshire spinner Azeem Rafiq spoke about his experiences of racism at the club in a series of interviews last year
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Hilary Benn, the Labour MP for Leeds Central has also called on Yorkshire to publish the report, tweeting: “I trust that @YorkshireCCC will now publish this report without delay in the interests of full transparency. @ECB_cricket”

In their initial statement, Yorkshire said they were “in the process of reviewing the findings” and that they “aim to publish as much of the report and recommendations as we are able”.









They said: “It is inevitable that there is much to digest and we shall have to take advice on the contents of the report.

“We are mindful that in a process of this nature we have a duty of care to all who participated, and we must not breach that duty.

“We aim to publish as much of the report and recommendations as we are able, subject to any legal restraints on doing so, in the coming weeks.”




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