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Cricket Azeem Rafiq says his allegations against Yorkshire will be ‘told to the world’

AZEEM RAFIQ said today that his allegations against Yorkshire County Cricket Club will be “told to the world” after suggesting he cannot continue his formal dispute with the club.

Last Friday, Yorkshire released the findings and recommendations of an independent panel report sparked by Rafiq’s allegations of racism and bullying last summer.

The panel’s report upheld seven of Rafiq’s 43 allegations, and found there was “no question” he was subjected to racial harassment and bullying during his time at Yorkshire. However, it said there was insufficient evidence to find the club were institutionally racist.

Rafiq and his team responded on the day, describing the handling of the process by Yorkshire as “atrocious” and today he appeared to indicate he would step away – but perhaps not before sharing details of the allegations he made.

In a Twitter post, he wrote: “I always said to the leaders in our game [there] will be a point/morning where I wake when I just can’t take it anymore.

“Not taking it anymore won’t mean I will leave it and walk away. It will purely mean everything that has happened to date – from people being dishonest about what took place in return for positions/jobs, to attempts to create evidence – will be told to the world and let them decide whether YCCC is institutionally racist.”

The report found Rafiq had not been provided with halal food at matches, something which has now been rectified.

It found there were three instances of racist language being used prior to 2010 which amounted to harassment on the grounds of race, while before 2012 a former coach “regularly used racist language”.

During his second spell, jokes around religion were made which left individuals feeling uncomfortable, the report found, and also in that time frame, a reference was made to Rafiq’s weight and fitness which amounted to bullying.

The report also accepted that there was a failure by the club in August 2018 to follow up on allegations Rafiq made at that time.

The final allegation to be upheld was that on a number of occasions prior to 2018 the club could have done more to make Muslims feel more welcome within their stadiums and should have dealt better with complaints of racism and anti-social behaviour within those stadiums.

However, the report found that all decisions made concerning Rafiq’s selection and ultimate release from the club were entirely based on cricketing reasons.

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