Racism in Yorkshire Claims Being Investigated by the Equality and Human Rights Commission to See if Laws Have Been Violated | Cricket News

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Azeem Rafiq, a former Yorkshire player, was found a victim of “racial harassment and bullying” in the county, but no disciplinary action was taken; The Commission on Equality and Human Rights is asking for a complete copy of the report on Rafiq’s claims

Last updated: 21/06/11 19:29


The Commission on Equality and Human Rights said it was “deeply concerned about the incidents of racism” at the Yorkshire County Cricket Club and will consider whether any laws have been violated.

The committee wrote to the club “to ask for more information, including a complete copy of their investigation report, to determine if there has been a violation of the law,” said CEO Marcial Boo.

Yorkshire and sport in general are bogged down accusations of racism and how such complaints are handled.

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Michael Holding says he believes ECB should have inflicted harsher punishment on Yorkshire for handling allegations made by Azeem Rafiq

Michael Holding says he believes ECB should have inflicted harsher punishment on Yorkshire for handling allegations made by Azeem Rafiq

Azeem Rafiq, a former Yorkshire bowler, was found a victim of “racial harassment and bullying” while playing for the team – but the club has decided that no player, employee or manager should face the action.

A team report included an elderly player admitting that he used the word “P ***” in relation to Rafiq, which on at least one occasion brought the player to tears.

Yorkshire concluded that the incidents were “friendly jokes” and said they “do not accept” that Rafiq was offended by the comments.

Thursday the England and Wales Cricket Board have suspended the club from hosting international or major matches after the “totally unacceptable” handling of reports of racial harassment.

England captain Eoin Morgan supported ECB intervention on Azeem Rafiq's racism allegations against Yorkshire

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England captain Eoin Morgan supported ECB intervention on Azeem Rafiq’s racism allegations against Yorkshire

England captain Eoin Morgan supported ECB intervention on Azeem Rafiq’s racism allegations against Yorkshire

Yorkshire said they are investigating separate racism allegations made by an Asian cricketer who was a former academy player for the county.

The player, who wishes to remain anonymous, claims a Yorkshire teammate urinated on his head and also claims to have heard senior players talk about desecrating a Muslim prayer mat.

The allegations were made in a long statement.

A statement from Yorkshire in response read: “This kind of behavior would be completely unacceptable to the club. We are now aware of it, it is obvious that we will investigate the allegation thoroughly.”

George Dobell, senior correspondent for ESPNcricinfo, believes Yorkshire failed to accept the issue of racism in the club following allegations made by former player Azeem Rafiq

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George Dobell, senior correspondent for ESPNcricinfo, believes Yorkshire failed to accept the issue of racism in the club following allegations made by former player Azeem Rafiq

George Dobell, senior correspondent for ESPNcricinfo, believes Yorkshire failed to accept the issue of racism in the club following allegations made by former player Azeem Rafiq

Roger Hutton stepped down as Yorkshire president over the organization’s response to Rafiq’s racist scandal.

Boo said in his statement: “As the UK’s equality regulator, we are deeply concerned about the racist incidents at the Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

“We have written to YCCC to ask for more information, including a complete copy of their investigation report, to determine if there has been a violation of the law. If so, we will take action.”

Boo said “all employers have a duty to protect their employees from bullying and harassment,” adding that the committee met with the ECB in April to discuss how to achieve this in sport.

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