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Azeem Rafiq’s father joins the protest outside Yorkshire’s homeland of Headingley amid a storm of racism

Mohammed Rafiq’s pain and defiance: Azeem’s elderly father joins protesters outside Headingley amid racism scandal affecting Yorkshire County Cricket Club

  • A storm of racism engulfed the Yorkshire CCC after allegations of discrimination
  • An investigation was carried out on the language allegedly used
  • Azeem Rafiq is the player who instigated the investigation at the club
  • His elderly father was outside Headingley on Saturday protesting with a crowd.

Mohammed Rafiq, visibly tense with a machine placed on a silver cart, with tubes flowing freely into both nostrils, comes across a sign on the outskirts of Headingley.

The sign reads ‘Racism is no joke’, but it is the sign on the tired face of the 63-year-old that speaks loudest.

She speaks of pain, trauma and defiance after her son Azeem came out 15 months ago on allegations of racial discrimination and bullying from his employer, the Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

The case has dominated the news agenda following Cricinfo’s revelation this week that the Yorkshire report on racism at the club concluded that the term ‘P ***’ was used in ‘jokes’, and Sportsmail revealed on Wednesday that Gary Ballance had directed him to Rafiq. .

The next day, Michael Vaughan revealed in his Daily Telegraph column that he, too, is implicated in the report.

Mohammed is joined by his daughters Amna, 26, Rahila, 24, and his mother Rehana, 53, and a host of upset extended family and community members, in the wind and rain to show solidarity with him. former England U19 captain, Azeem.

Frustration seeps from speeches to the crowd, a sentiment also evident among viewers who have seen the club yards behind them fail to deal with such a sensitive case.

Azeem Rafiq's father, Mohammed (pictured) joined the crowd outside Headingley.

Azeem Rafiq’s father, Mohammed (pictured) joined the crowd outside Headingley.

Rafiq claimed he experienced racism while at the Yorkshire County Cricket Club

Rafiq claimed he experienced racism while at the Yorkshire County Cricket Club

Rafiq claimed he experienced racism while at the Yorkshire County Cricket Club

Several people gathered on the outskirts of Yorkshire's homeland to give their opinion.

Several people gathered on the outskirts of Yorkshire's homeland to give their opinion.

Several people gathered on the outskirts of Yorkshire’s homeland to give their opinion.

Dr. Abdul Sheikh, 43, delivered an impassioned speech on the importance of the case before stepping into the crowd.

“Azeem Rafiq, in my opinion, is a hero,” he says. ‘A brave warrior who faced severe adversity. He has received threats from the far right, criticism from the community for taking a stand, but I am immensely proud of him.

If I’m not here, what’s the point? It would all be in vain what Azeem has fought for, so it is to show solidarity and support for him and his family.

“I fought racism my whole life: the P word, etc. I had to speak in front of people to show that racism is not a casual joke. It has important effects on the lives of people in the world of work. It can already be difficult for ethnic minorities in this country, no matter if they face xenophobia and racism. “

Great Horton Church club secretary and former Yorkshire Cricket Foundation employee Taj Butt, 63, is also here to show his support. “It just shows how strong the feeling is in the community that we are prepared to express our anger at the club,” he said. “It has been 15 months since Azeem made the complaint and the club has been looking to sweep him under the rug.

“He usually goes to Headingley to watch county or international cricket, which gives a lot of people a lot of pleasure. But coming here having to prove an injustice does not seem right. “

Yunus Lunat, 54, had also joined the protest. “I practice labor law,” he said. “I have these kinds of cases on my desk and most people don’t have the resources or the strength to fight, particularly institutions of this nature. This is just the tip of the iceberg in the workplace. ‘

Research by the Yorkshire County Cricket Club has been widely criticized.

Research by the Yorkshire County Cricket Club has been widely criticized.

Research by the Yorkshire County Cricket Club has been widely criticized.

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