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Azeem Rafiq: Yorkshire County Cricket Club handled racism allegations ‘badly’, new chairman Lord Patel says | UK News

Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s new chairman has apologised to Azeem Rafiq over the dealing with of his racism and bullying allegations.

Lord Patel additionally revealed that some employees on the cricket membership have been harassed and despatched demise threats over the weekend after information of the allegations.

The England and Wales Cricket Board suspended Yorkshire’s proper to host worldwide matches and different video games following Rafiq’s claims, with quite a lot of sponsors additionally deserting the membership.

Lord Patel stated on Monday afternoon: “Azeem is a whistleblower and needs to be praised as such, he ought to by no means have been put by way of this.

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“We’re sorry for what you and your loved ones have skilled and the best way through which we have handled this.

“I thank Azeem for his bravery in talking out. Let me be clear from the outset, racism or discrimination in any kind shouldn’t be banter.”

“Banter” was the time period reportedly used within the county’s report into Rafiq’s allegations.

Lord Patel added: “It’s clear to me that we have handled this… badly.

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“We have to be taught from our errors… and guarantee we do higher.

“Clearly there’s an issue, and I’ve been appointed to see if this membership is institutionally racist and the way we are able to deal with that.”

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