Yorkshire will NOT take any disciplinary action after the report on Azeem Rafiq’s racism allegations
Yorkshire will not take any disciplinary action against ANY of its employees, players or executives for the harassment and racist harassment of Azeem Rafiq, even after admitting that seven of his allegations ARE true.
Yorkshire will not take any disciplinary action against any of its employees, players or executives in the wake of an independent report on former player Azeem Rafiq’s allegations of racism, the county announced.
Last month, the panel’s report confirmed seven of the 43 allegations made by Rafiq, and found there was “no question” that he was subjected to racial harassment and intimidation during his time with Yorkshire.
However, he also said that there was insufficient evidence to find that the club was institutionally racist. Rafiq and his team responded by describing the handling of the process as ‘egregious’ and ‘unacceptable’.
And now, Yorkshire has confirmed that it has no plans to take action.
In a statement, they said: ‘Ultimately, the issues raised by Azeem Rafiq will be considered not only by the Panel, but also by the Labor Court and the ECB.
The Club has also carried out its own internal investigation as a result of the findings of the Report after which they can report that they have reached the conclusion that there is no conduct or action taken by any of their employees, players or Executives that justifies action. disciplinary.
“None of this diminishes the importance of the findings or the fact that the Club can learn much from the Report.
“It was important for Azeem to raise the issues and without him we would not have the Panel’s recommendations, which are an important part of the Club’s ongoing journey.
Club President Roger Hutton believes that the club and everyone connected should be proud of the work he has done to improve diversity and inclusion prior to joining, but also recognizes that there is much more to be done in the future.
“The Club fully supports what is a strong and talented team that is working hard on recommendations on the way forward for the Yorkshire County Cricket Club and looks forward to reporting on further developments in the coming months.”
This afternoon, the ECB confirmed that it received the full report and is now examining its findings.
‘The ECB received this afternoon a copy of the report submitted on behalf of the Yorkshire CCC on the allegations made by Azeem Rafiq, together with assurances from the club to fully cooperate with the ongoing regulatory process.
‘This is a matter with many serious accusations at its heart and the ECB’s regulatory team will now consider the report as part of its investigation.
“We anticipate that it will take time for the regulatory process to reach its conclusion, but it is imperative that this is completed thoroughly and fairly for all involved.”
It was revealed by Sportsmail last week, Yorkshire had missed the deadline set by the ECB for submitting the full report to the governing body.
The October 15 deadline came and went without the ECB receiving the report, the second time the county has been guilty of failing to comply on time.
Yorkshire missed the second deadline in as many weeks after an employment judge ordered them to send a full copy to Rafiq’s legal team by October 8.
As previously reported by Sportsmail, the ECB is preparing to press charges of discrediting Yorkshire for its much-maligned handling of the case. The delay in the delivery of the report can give rise to an aggravated charge.
The ECB was also weighing whether to open its own investigations into accusations of racism made by former spinner Rafiq.
More to follow.