Yorkshire admit Azeem Rafiq suffered from ‘racial harassment’ while at club – but refuse to release report

Yorkshire have reiterated their stance that they are unable to publish the independent report into Azeem Rafiq‘s allegations of racism at the club, due to issues “in relation to privacy law and defamation”, following parliamentary pressure to release its findings.
Yorkshire distributed a summary of the report and its recommendations on Friday morning, which detailed seven instances of racial harassment and bullying of Rafiq that were upheld by the investigation. Last month, the club issued an apology to Rafiq, saying he had been “the victim of inappropriate behaviour”.

Roger Hutton, the club’s chairman, has now gone further and admitted that there is “no question that Azeem Rafiq, during his first spell as a player at YCCC, was the victim of racial harassment”. However, while apologising to Rafiq once again, Hutton also said that the panel had determined there was “insufficient evidence” to support the claim that Yorkshire were “institutionally racist” as a club.

The ECB has previously called on Yorkshire to come up with a timeline for publication, while on Wednesday, the chair of Department of Culture, Media and Sport select committee, Julian Knight, wrote to the club saying it was “crucial that the process, the report and its full findings are made public and open to scrutiny”.

(With Inputs from ESPN)

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