Azeem Rafiq attended day three of the Headingley Test as Yorkshire’s guest, returning to the ground for the first time since he went public with claims of institutional racism at the club
Azeem Rafiq attended day three of the Headingley Test between England and New Zealand as Yorkshire’s guest, returning to the ground for the first time since he went public with claims of institutional racism at the club.Rafiq enjoyed Saturday’s action from a balcony at the Pavilion End, having accepted a White Rose invitation to take in a game that was almost relocated at the height of the racism scandal set in motion by his whistleblowing.Nervous !!!! #ENGvNZ— Azeem Rafiq (@AzeemRafiq30) June 25, 2022Yorkshire’s right to host international fixtures was suspended by the England and Wales Cricket Board after Rafiq’s explosive,...
Azeem Rafiq said he was a step nearer to “closure” after disrepute charges were brought against Yorkshire and “a number of individuals” over allegations of racism at the club, and the handling of those allegations.Rafiq said the process which led to the England and Wales Cricket Board announcing the issuing of charges on Wednesday had been “gruelling” for him personally, two years on from his initial allegations of racism and harassment across two stints at Yorkshire.He called for the hearings to take place in public, but given the ECB’s decision not to name those who have been charged that seems...
Former head coach Andrew Gale has won a claim for unfair dismissal against Yorkshire. Gale, 38, was one of 16 members of staff sacked in the fallout from the Azeem Rafiq racism scandal. Gale made his legal claim alongside second-team coach Ian Dews, bowling coach Rich Pyrah, academy lead Richard...
Andrew Gale wins unfair dismissal claim against Yorkshire after being sacked in wake of Azeem Rafiq scandal
An employment judge ruled Gale and five other former members of Yorkshire's staff had a "well founded" case in a decision published this week and said the matter will now move on to what remedies can be agreed or imposed. But the club issued a statement on Wednesday saying that,...
Former Yorkshire cricketer Azeem Rafiq has said he was "triggered" by comments about Asian athletes made by the boxer Amir Khan this week. The former welterweight champion said on Monday that Asian athletes use racism as an excuse when they do not perform well and that eating curry was "not the right diet to be a champion".
Former cricketer took part in the March of the Living to Auschwitz-Birkenau and felt ‘shattered’ by what he learned
Yorkshire interim director of cricket Darren Gough said the club has a "once-in-a-generation chance" to become a "leading light" in the English game. Gough was appointed in place of Martyn Moxon until the end of the 2022 season last December. Moxon was one of 16 people to leave the club...
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Shortly before the end of the season Yorkshire had chosen to release a statement confirming former all-rounder Azeem Rafiq had been the victim of "racial harassment and bullying" - on the same day as England's final test against India was called off at the last moment. A month later they then announced no one would be punished for their part in what went on.
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