Yorkshire County Cricket Club chairman resigns amid deepening racism row
Roger Hutton has resigned ahead of an emergency meeting to discuss the club's response to racist treatment of former player Azeem Rafiq
The Yorkshire County Cricket Club chairman Roger Hutton has resigned this morning following the investigation surrounding reports of racism towards former player Azeem Rafiq.
Rafiq, a former White Rose player, made 43 allegations of racism regarding his time as a player at Yorkshire.
An independent investigation upheld seven of his claims, concluding he was a victim of "racial harassment and bullying".
The club was banned from hosting England matches following the accusations, with the ECB stating their handling of the issue was "wholly unacceptable and is causing serious damage to the reputation of the game".
According to ESPNcricinfo, at least one Yorkshire player admitted to using the racial slur "P***" when talking to Rafiq.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid weighed in on the situation declaring, "‘P***’ is not banter" and insisting that "heads should roll" at the historic cricket club.
Hutton has released a lengthy statement both apologising and clarifying his role during the time Rafiq was a player.
BREAKING: Yorkshire cricket chairman Roger Hutton RESIGNS amid racism storm
In explosive statement he claims;
*he experienced “a culture that refuses to accept change”
*”constant unwillingness from the Exec Board members & senior management to apologise and to accept racism” pic.twitter.com/7kVv37EzjU
— Dan Roan (@danroan) November 5, 2021
He says: "I would like to take this opportunity to apologise unreservedly to Azeem. The club should have recognised at the time the serious allegations of racism. I am sorry that we could not persuade executive members of the board to recognise the gravity of the situation and show care and contrition.
He goes on to say, "when I was made aware of Azeem Rafiq's allegations, I immediately reached out to the ECB to ask for their help and intervention to support a robust inquiry. I was saddened when they declined to help as I felt it was a matter of great importance for the game as a whole."
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