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Sponsor Leaves Essex After Third Former Player Alleges Racist Abuse

EXCLUSIVE: Key sponsor leaves Essex as the racing storm grows after Jahid Ahmed becomes the third former cricketer to allege he experienced racist abuse at the club.

  • Essex has seen a key sponsor walk away from the club
  • Training provider Seetec is listed as one of eight Platinum Club members
  • Jahid Ahmed is the third former player to claim racist abuse


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Essex has seen a key sponsor walk away from the club after another of the county’s former players brought allegations of racist abuse.

Jahid Ahmed, who played for Essex from 2005-2009, told The Cricketer that he was bullied by a former coach and made fun of by his teammates and coaching staff.

Zoheb Sharif and Maurice Chambers had previously spoken about the abuse they received in the county.

Jahid Ahmed is the third former player to claim racist abuse in Essex.

Jahid Ahmed is the third former player to claim racist abuse in Essex.

Training provider Seetec is listed as one of eight ‘Platinum Club’ members on the county website. The move will set off alarms in Chelmsford as Essex bosses witnessed the business fallout from the Yorkshire crisis of racism.

In a statement, Seetec said: ‘We have suspended our ties with the Essex County Cricket Club with immediate effect.

Through the services we provide, our employee owners work with diverse communities to help people realize their life ambitions. This is part of our broader commitment to social inclusion, as it is important to us that the communities we serve have equal access to opportunities.

“No form of racism should be tolerated.”

Former Essex players Zoheb Sharif (above) and Maurice Chambers have also spoken

Former Essex players Zoheb Sharif (above) and Maurice Chambers have also spoken

Former Essex players Zoheb Sharif (above) and Maurice Chambers have also spoken

Essex has opened a reporting line for former players and staff who have suffered discrimination and are preparing an independent investigation into the historic racism at the club.

In the interview, Ahmed says he came to the conclusion that Essex was ‘a white men’s world where dark people were outsiders’ after a teammate asked him if he was ‘going to bomb’ the club.

The 35-year-old former fast bowler, who played seven first-class matches during his four-year stint at the club, also claims his voice was mocked and imitated by players and coaches and that he felt pressured to attend a meeting. of the team. in a pub while fasting during Ramadan.

Earlier this month, former hitter Sharif said he received racist abuse that included being called a “bomber” by his teammates after the September 11 attacks in the United States.

Former Essex President John Faragher denied using racist language at a board meeting in 2017

Former Essex President John Faragher denied using racist language at a board meeting in 2017

Former Essex President John Faragher denied using racist language at a board meeting in 2017

Chambers described how he was allegedly subjected to racist harassment for 10 years at the club, including being thrown bananas at him and frequently receiving racist jokes.

Responding to Ahmed’s allegations, Essex CEO John Stephenson said in a statement: ‘I am disheartened to learn of these new historical racial allegations from a former player about several of his former teammates and a former member of the personal.

“The accusations are difficult to read and will be treated and investigated with the utmost seriousness.”

John Faragher resigned as president of Essex on November 11 following a claim that he used racist language at a board meeting in 2017, which he flatly denied.

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