MPs tell Yorkshire to make public full findings into Rafiq’s racism allegations

  • Report upheld several allegations made by Rafiq
  • DCMS chairman ‘very surprised’ findings not published

MPs have called on Yorkshire to publish immediately the club’s report into allegations of racism made by former player Azeem Rafiq.

A statement published by the county last month said its report had upheld several of the allegations made and had found that Azeem Rafiq had been the victim of “inappropriate behaviour”. One of the areas considered was whether the club was institutionally racist.

Julian Knight, chairman of the digital, culture, media and sport committee, said: “We are very surprised that this report has not been published by the Yorkshire County Cricket Club, given the seriousness of the allegations of racism which span more than a decade and the fact that it has taken almost three years to reach this point.

“Given that YCCC said in its statement that several allegations made against the club had been upheld, and that Azeem Rafiq had been a victim of inappropriate behaviour, it is crucial that the process, the report and its full findings are made public and open to scrutiny. He deserves no less.”

A 100-page report was delivered to the club’s executives early last month, admitting the player had been a victim of “clearly unacceptable” conduct. However, Rafiq accused the county of “fudging” a public apology at the end of a 10-month investigation into his allegations of racism.

Yorkshire has said that it aims “to publish as much of the report and recommendations as we are able, subject to any legal restraints on doing so, in the coming weeks”, but is yet to do so.


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