Yorkshire apologizes to Azeem Rafeeq after investigating allegations of racism

A sub-committee appointed by the Yorkshire County Cricket Board has ruled that former Yorkshire player Azeem Rafeeq is a victim of unfair treatment. Former spinner Azeem Rafiq on Thursday apologized to the Yorkshire County Cricket Club for this. Rafiq filed a legal complaint in December 2020, stating that he faced direct discrimination and harassment based on race.

Rafeeq, 30, told me he suffered severe mental health problems because of club behavior. He told me that he was depressed and had even contemplated suicide. In a Yorkshire statement, “Many of Azim’s accusations are justified and, unfortunately, Azim is a victim of inappropriate behavior. This is clearly unacceptable. We apologize for this.”

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Rafeeq responded by questioning the use of inappropriate behavior in the club’s statement instead of racism. He wrote, ‘Are you sure about Yorkshire’s unfair treatment. You play with your words and cheat in this good way. It’s not going away. ‘Yorkshire President Roger Hutton acknowledged that the club had to do more to support a player who suffered twice in the county between 2008 and 2014 and again in 2016 and 2018.

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