EXCLUSIVE: Azeem Rafiq is ready for an ECB investigation after claims of utilizing anti-Semitic and homophobic language in the direction of team-mates and opponents – with the ex-Yorkshire spinner additionally accused of fat-shaming kids whereas teaching
The ECB are set to analyze allegations that Azeem Rafiq used anti-Semitic and homophobic language throughout his enjoying profession, which might result in the previous Yorkshire spinner being placed on one other misconduct cost.
Sportsmail revealed explosive claims about Rafiq on Thursday from former team-mates and opponents, who declare the anti-racism campaigner abused gamers with the phrases ‘Jew’ and ‘f****t’, in addition to fat-shaming kids when teaching at Barnsley Cricket Membership.
The ECB have indicated their willingness to proceed analyzing historic instances and several other of the gamers are understood to be ready to offer witness statements to the governing physique.
A minimum of one of many claims made towards Rafiq has already been reported to officers on the ECB, though the participant concerned has but to make a proper grievance.
Rafiq was reprimanded by the ECB earlier this week for utilizing anti-Semitic language after offensive social media posts emerged final November through which he joked that former Derbyshire participant Atif Sheikh was reluctant to spend cash as a result of ‘he’s a Jew’.
Azeem Rafiq is ready to be investigated by the ECB after accusations have been made towards him of utilizing anti-Semitic and homophobic language throughout his enjoying profession
Rafiq was compelled to apologise after saying former Derbyshire participant Atif Sheikh was reluctant to spend cash on a meal as a result of ‘he’s a Jew’ in leaked Fb messages from 2011
The ex-Yorkshire star (proper) can also be accused of fat-shaming kids throughout a coaching session
Rafiq has turn out to be a strong anti-racism campaigner after an unbiased report discovered he had suffered racial harassment and bullying at Headingley however now faces accusations himself
In an adjudication explaining Rafiq’s reprimand, the ECB’s cricket disciplinary fee stated ‘they’re the one recognized examples of his use of that type of language’ and ‘it was a single alternate, not a part of a sample of behaviour’ – a verdict at odds with the brand new allegations.
Rafiq might face a superb of £2,000 if he’s discovered responsible on a second cost. The 31-year-old denies all of the allegations and has claimed they’re a part of a smear marketing campaign designed to undermine him.
Rafiq is because of seem earlier than a preliminary ECB listening to on Monday within the case of seven former Yorkshire gamers, who’ve been charged with misconduct on the premise of his allegations towards them.
His participation within the listening to is doubtful, regardless of him being the ECB’s key witness, as he’s demanding that it takes place in public.
The ECB are resisting that as a result of it might make a lot of the proof they’ve inadmissible.
Rafiq, who denies the allegations, might face a £2,000 superb if discovered responsible on a second cost