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05th Nov 2021

Yorkshire County Cricket Club chairman resigns amid deepening racism row

Danny Jones

Yorkshire County Cricket Club chairman Roger Hutton resigns

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.