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Azeem Rafiq Racism Scandal Yorkshire CCC fined £400,000

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Azeem Rafiq

Yorkshire County Cricket Club has received a fine of £400,000 and a deduction of 52 points due to its mishandling of the racism scandal involving former player Azeem Rafiq.


The club’s County Championship total will be reduced by 48 points, resulting in them being placed at the bottom of Division Two. Additionally, they will also lose four points from their T20 Blast tally.
Two-thirds of the monetary fine, amounting to £300,000, has been deferred for a period of two years.

The Headingley club has acknowledged and accepted the sanctions imposed by the Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC) in response to four charges brought against them after an investigation conducted by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).


In late March, Michael Vaughan, the ex-captain of the England cricket team, was absolved of a racism accusation by the CDC. The charge alleged that he had made offensive remarks targeting a specific group of Yorkshire teammates of Asian descent.

Other players engaged in the racism scandal except Azeem Rafiq

Five additional players, namely John Blain, Tim Bresnan, Andrew Gale, Matthew Hoggard, and Richard Pyrah, were discovered to have engaged in racist and/or discriminatory language towards Rafiq and other individuals during the CDC hearings. Yorkshire County Cricket Club and batter Gary Ballance admitted to the charges filed against them, while the aforementioned players failed to cooperate during the process.
Richard Gould, the ECB’s CEO, has deemed the mistreatment suffered by former Yorkshire cricketer Rafiq as detrimental to the sport.

Yorkshire County Cricket Club (YCCC) has acknowledged and accepted the sanctions imposed on them by the Cricket Discipline Commission, as stated in their official statement.

The CDC and ECB have recognized and appreciated the extensive efforts made by YCCC in addressing cultural problems within the club that previously allowed racist and discriminatory behavior to persist without being confronted.

“We take responsibility for these matters, and we have acknowledged four modified accusations as a demonstration of our ongoing dedication to facilitate progress

“We are dismayed by the deduction of points, as it impacts individuals associated with the club, including players and staff members who bear no responsibility for the current predicament.”


“Mr. Gould stated that these were significant allegations related to racism that persisted over a long period of time. Racism has no place in the world of cricket, and the penalties specified by the Cricket Discipline Commission signal the conclusion of a comprehensive disciplinary procedure.”

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