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Yorkshire dismissed vile insults directed at Azeem Rafiq as ‘jokes’

Yorkshire dismissed the vile insults directed at Azeem Rafiq as ‘jokes’, while a cricketer reduced him to tears by addressing him as a P ** i.

  • The Yorkshire investigation into allegations of historic racist abuse by Azeem Rafiq concluded last week without anyone being disciplined.
  • One of Yorkshire’s senior players reportedly regularly called Rafiq ‘P ** i’
  • The club reportedly dismissed the racist language as a ‘joke’, it has emerged
  • Yorkshire acknowledged that it ‘must work hard to restore the trust of those who are disappointed’


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The investigation into Azeem Rafiq’s racism allegations in Yorkshire cleared a player after concluding that regular use of the term ‘P ** i’ occurred during ‘jokes’ between the couple.

According to ESPNcricinfo, the Yorkshire report, passed to the ECB for further investigation, cleared the person of wrongdoing, as the comments were perceived to be made in a friendly and personable manner.

The player is also said to have admitted to telling other people ‘don’t talk to him (Rafiq), he’s a P ** i’; asking ‘is that your uncle?’ when bearded Asian men were in sight; and saying in reference to the corner stores – “Does your dad own those?”

Azeem Rafiq was reportedly frequently called 'P ** i' by a senior player in Yorkshire

Azeem Rafiq was reportedly frequently called ‘P ** i’ by a senior player in Yorkshire

The investigation panel did not accept that the former England U19 captain was offended by the other player’s comments, either at that time or at a later date.

They said that in the context of ‘jokes between friends’, Rafiq could be expected to ‘take those comments in the spirit in which they were intended’.

The panel is reported to have found Rafiq’s reference to a Zimbabwean-born teammate as “Zimbabwe from Zimbabwe” as a “racist and derogatory term” and said that if Rafiq were still in Yorkshire, he would have faced disciplinary action.

Yorkshire has now sent the ECB a full copy of the report after twice missing the deadlines to do so.

Yorkshire has now sent the ECB a full copy of the report after twice missing the deadlines to do so.

Yorkshire has now sent the ECB a full copy of the report after twice missing the deadlines to do so.

The report on institutional racism in Yorkshire ruled the comments were 'friendly jokes'

The report on institutional racism in Yorkshire ruled the comments were 'friendly jokes'

The report on institutional racism in Yorkshire ruled the comments were ‘friendly jokes’

On Monday, Yorkshire reiterated that it would not take any disciplinary action in the wake of Rafiq’s allegations.

“ The club carried out its own internal investigation showing that there is no conduct or action taken by any current employee, player or executive that justifies disciplinary action, ” read a club statement issued to Sportsmail.

However, we recognize that we must work hard to restore the trust of those who feel disappointed.

“The club can learn a lot from the independent report and we are committed to incorporating the panel’s recommendations into our diversity and inclusion plans.”

The investigation panel did not accept that the former England U19 captain was offended by the other player's comments.

The investigation panel did not accept that the former England U19 captain was offended by the other player's comments.

The investigation panel did not accept that the former England U19 captain was offended by the other player’s comments.

On last Thursday’s announcement that no action would be followed, a Rafiq spokesperson said: “ This is despite Yorkshire’s admission that Azeem was the victim of racial harassment and bullying, and despite his admission, they did not follow his own politics and investigated accusations of racism as recently as 2018.

‘It is inconceivable that there are no current employees who should not have been disciplined. It is time for the board members, for once, to do the decent thing and resign.

The redacted report, released on September 10, recorded that ‘the panel did not find Rafiq’s evidence completely credible. Rafiq and the player engaged in a friendly verbal attack towards each other, and neither of them intended malice towards the other. ”

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