Yorkshire Apologized to Azeem Rafiq For Inappropriate Behavior
Yorkshire County Cricket Club has apologized to former off-spinner Azeem Rafiq for being a victim of racism. The English elite has formally apologized to him after the results of the investigation were released on Thursday. Rafiq lodged a complaint on December 20 last year alleging direct racism and harassment.
The 30-year-old cricketer said he was emotionally damaged by the club’s racist behavior. He even thought of committing suicide out of frustration.
Yorkshire said in a statement: “After a thorough investigation, we learn that Azeem Rafique was, unfortunately, a victim of racism. This is not acceptable at all. We sincerely apologize to him.
However, Rafique raised questions in the club’s statement. There it is said that Rafique had inconsistent behavior.
‘Inconsistent behavior? Yorkshire County Cricket Club, are you sure about that? ‘ Rafique posted on his Twitter account.
‘You want to avoid the matter by using words everywhere. But now it is not happening.
Yorkshire chairman Roger Hutton said they should have been by Rafiq’s side. Rafique played for Yorkshire from 2006 to 2014 and later from 2016 to 2017.
Rafiq’s courage to complain about such a sensitive issue is to be commended. His participation in the investigation shows how difficult he has been. On behalf of the club, I apologize to him. He has been facing such a difficult experience at the club since 2006. The club should have been by his side even earlier, ‘said Hutton.
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