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Azeem Rafiq meets Holocaust survivor after apologising for historic anti-Semitic messages


Azeem Rafiq at the moment met Holocaust survivor Ruth Barnett on the Jewish Museum London per week after he apologised for posting historic anti-Semitic messages on Fb.

The 30-year-old cricketer-turned-whistleblower sat with Ms Barnett, a primary technology survivor of the Holocaust who described how the anti-Semitic Nuremberg Legal guidelines which stripped her of German citizenship altered the course of her life.

Born in Berlin in 1935, Ms Barnett fled Germany and arrived in Britain on the Kindertransport in 1939 – the organised rescue effort that passed off in the course of the 9 months previous to the outbreak of World Conflict Two. Later in life, she gave talks about her personal experiences and the origins of different genocides.

Rafiq was then given a tour of the museum and was proven artefacts from the Holocaust together with a yellow star, earlier than Steve Silverman from the Marketing campaign Towards Antisemitism group defined to him the origins of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories together with the hyperlink made between Jewish folks and cash.

It comes after Rafiq was pressured to confront his personal shortcomings after historic anti-Semitic messages on Fb resurfaced final week, following his surprising testimony to MPs through which he alleged cricket is ‘institutionally racist’.

In messages to former Warwickshire and Leicestershire participant Ateeq Javid, Rafiq, then 19, had accused Atif Sheikh, an Asian cricketer who was taking part in for Derbyshire, of not paying a dinner invoice as a result of ‘he’s a Jew’.

‘Hahaha he’s a Jew. Probs go after my 2nds once more,’ he wrote on Fb, earlier than including: ‘How flawed is that? Solely Jews try this kind of s***’.

In a press release to MailOnline, Rafiq stated: ‘I spoke to Atif at the moment and apologised to him for what I stated. He was very understanding. I advised I’m I used to be extremely sorry as I’m to all those that might have been offended. I spoke to Atif on the cellphone and he accepted my apology.’

The previous Yorkshire spin bowler had rocked the world of sport with allegations of racism in cricket at a damning parliamentary session.

Azeem Rafiq at the moment met Holocaust survivor Ruth Barnett on the Jewish Museum London. The 30-year-old cricketer-turned-whistleblower sat with Ms Barnett, a primary technology survivor of the Holocaust who described how the anti-Semitic Nuremberg Legal guidelines which stripped her of German citizenship altered the course of her life

The exchange appears to show Rafiq, then 19, and Javid making offensive remarks about an unidentified Asian cricketer in 2011 who they accused of not paying a dinner bill because 'he is a Jew'

In a statement on Twitter, Rafiq apologised for his past remarks, saying he has deleted the exchange and that he is a 'different person today'

Left: The change seems to point out Rafiq, then 19, and Javid making offensive remarks about an unidentified Asian cricketer in 2011 who they accused of not paying a dinner invoice as a result of ‘he’s a Jew’. Proper: In a press release on Twitter, Rafiq apologised for his previous remarks, saying he has deleted the change and that he’s a ‘totally different individual at the moment’

Rafiq (pictured) fought back tears as MPs heard bombshell allegations of institutional racism at the heart of the English game

Rafiq (pictured) fought again tears as MPs heard bombshell allegations of institutional racism on the coronary heart of the English sport

MailOnline can reveal that Rafiq and Javid made the offensive remarks about cricketer Atif Sheikh

MailOnline can reveal that Rafiq and Javid made the offensive remarks about cricketer Atif Sheikh

Which England stars has Azeem Rafiq dragged into explosive cricket row and what has he claimed?

Rafiq stated he began medicine on account of his deteriorating psychological well being and left Yorkshire for the primary time in 2014. When he returned he initially felt settled beneath captain Alex Lees and coach Jason Gillespie.

‘Jason left in 2016 and it simply felt the temperature within the room had been turned up,’ Rafiq stated. ‘You had Andrew Gale coming in as coach and Gary Ballance as captain. For the primary time I began to see for what it was – I felt remoted, humiliated at instances. Fixed use of the phrase ‘P***’.’

Rafiq stated on a 2017 pre-season tour Ballance had racially abused him. ‘We have been in a spot and Gary Ballance walks over and goes, ‘Why are you speaking to him? You already know he’s a P***’. This occurred in entrance of team-mates. It occurred in entrance of teaching employees.’

He added: ‘He would consistently speak all the way down to me and make racist jokes, designed to undermine me and make me really feel small, like developing and interrupting once I was speaking to women in a membership, saying ‘don’t speak to him, he’s a P***’. I bear in mind crying outdoors a nightclub after his fixed racist taunting.

‘On these bus journeys, he would look out for nook retailers and make feedback like ‘does your dad personal these?’ Gary would usually make feedback like this on YCCC [Yorkshire County Cricket Club] bus journeys, within the dressing room, or at occasions — and in entrance of YCCC coaches, employees and administration, together with our coach, Andrew Gale, [the coach] Richard Pyrah, director of cricket Martyn Moxon, and membership president Dickie Hen. However nothing was stated or performed to cease it. As an alternative, they usually laughed alongside.’

Ballance admitted utilizing a ‘racial slur’ in the direction of Rafiq in a prolonged assertion this month, apologising however framing it as a part of their friendship. Rafiq advised the committee that was not an correct depiction of their relationship, saying it went downhill from 2013 onwards and had change into poisonous by 2017.

Rafiq additionally alleged former England batter Alex Hales was concerned, saying: ‘Gary and Alex Hales received actually shut to one another once they performed for England collectively. I wasn’t current in that dressing room, however what I perceive (is) that Alex went on to call his canine ‘Kevin’ as a result of it was black. It’s disgusting how a lot of a joke it was.’

Requested about Vaughan, Rafiq stated: ‘Michael may not bear in mind it… three of us, Adil, myself and Rana bear in mind it.

‘He clearly had a snippet of my assertion. He used his platform on the Day by day Telegraph to inform everybody he hadn’t stated these items. To go on and put a snippet of my assertion out and discuss different issues, I believed was fully flawed. He most likely doesn’t bear in mind it as a result of it doesn’t imply something to him.’

Rafiq make claims over the previous England participant’s behaviour on the membership, saying he was amongst ‘six or seven’ gamers to have made a bullying criticism in opposition to the star in 2017. However he added that he was the one a type of gamers who was of color.

He stated: ‘Tim is Andrew’s [Gale’s] brother-in-law. They all the time supported one another. Tim would tag alongside and take part with Andrew’s racist feedback they usually bounced off one another when it comes to the bullying. As with Andrew, Tim incessantly made racist feedback and was unduly harsh in the direction of me in comparison with white British gamers, which turned so insufferable that I made a proper criticism in opposition to him in 2017.’

Rafiq stated: ‘It was Hoggy who began calling me ‘Raffa the Kaffir’. It was solely later I realised what ‘Kaffir’ meant, the way it was used, and that it was a racist time period. Feedback from Hoggy in the direction of myself and the opposite Asian gamers — Adil, Ajmal and Rana — have been fixed.

‘He might need thought it was simply dressing room banter, however we’d are available in within the morning and he would say issues like ‘you lot sit over there’ and make us all sit collectively. He would additionally name us issues like ‘elephant washers’ and ‘P***’. Rafiq stated Matthew Hoggard apologised to him after watching him being interviewed about his expertise at Yorkshire.

He stated: ‘I took a cellphone name from Matthew and he simply stated, ‘Look, I didn’t realise, I’m actually sorry. If among the feedback I made made you are feeling the best way you’ve described it, I simply need to apologise’. You already know what, when somebody does that, I used to be like, ‘Thanks, I actually admire it’.’

Rafiq stated he discovered it ‘hurtful’ England captain Root stated he had by no means witnessed something of a racist nature at Yorkshire. ‘Rooty is an efficient man. He by no means engaged in racist language,’ Rafiq stated.

‘I discovered it hurtful as a result of Rooty was Gary (Ballance)’s housemate and had been concerned in quite a lot of the socialising the place I used to be referred to as a ‘P***’. It reveals how regular it was that even a very good man like him doesn’t see it for what it was. It’s not going to have an effect on Joe, but it surely’s one thing I bear in mind on daily basis.’

Rafiq claimed: ‘There have been denial, briefings, cover-ups, smearing, high-profile media folks messaging different members of the media who supported me saying stuff like ‘the clubhouse is the lifeblood of a membership and Asian gamers don’t go in there’, and ‘getting subs out of Asian gamers is like getting blood out of a stone’.

‘After which personally, this man doesn’t even know me, has by no means spent any time with me, speaking about my private consuming, going out and socialising. That was David Lloyd, he’s been an England coach, commentator and I discovered it disturbing. Inside per week of me talking out that’s what I received despatched to me, and I believed, ‘God, there’s some closet racists and we have to do one thing about it’.’

Rafiq claimed Jack Brooks, a two-time County Championship winner at Yorkshire, had began the disrespectful apply of calling India star Cheteshwar Pujara ‘Steve’ throughout an abroad stint on the membership.

In surprising testimony, Rafiq broke down in tears as he advised MPs that racism had destroyed his profession and pointed the finger at Tim Bresnan, Matthew Hoggard, Alex Hales, Gary Ballance and David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd. Bresnan has refuted allegations he made racist feedback in the direction of Rafiq.

He  additionally claimed the phrase P*** was ‘used consistently’ throughout his time at Yorkshire CCC as he gave explosive testimony to MPs.

In a single surprising declare, Rafiq gave a harrowing account of getting purple wine pressured down his throat by older gamers at his native group when he was 15 and a religious Muslim – earlier than he drank extra closely from 2012 ‘to strive to slot in’.  

Reacting to Rafiq’s anti-Semitic slurs, Board of Deputies of British Jews President Marie van der Zyl stated: ‘Azeem Rafiq has suffered terribly by the hands of racists in cricket so he’ll effectively perceive the harm this change will trigger to Jews who’ve supported him. 

‘His apology actually appears heartfelt and now we have no motive to consider he’s not fully honest.’ 

Claudia Mendoza, co-chief govt of the Jewish Management Council, added: ‘There’s little doubt that that is massively awkward for Azeem Rafiq however he’s taken full possession, apologised, and undoubtedly – by way of his personal experiences – learnt rather a lot about racism since then.’ 

In a press release on Twitter, Rafiq apologised for his previous remarks, saying he has deleted the change and that he’s a ‘totally different individual at the moment’.

He stated: ‘I used to be despatched a picture of this change from early 2011 at the moment. I’ve gone again to verify my account and it’s me. I’ve completely no excuses. I’m ashamed of this change and have now deleted it in order to not trigger additional offence. 

‘I used to be 19 on the time and I hope and consider I’m a distinct individual at the moment. I’m extremely indignant at myself and I apologise to the Jewish group and everybody who’s rightly offended by this.’

In a later publish, he added: ‘At no level will I ever attempt to defend the indefensible. For these I’ve harm I’m sincerely sorry. I’ll proceed to entrance up and personal any extra errors I’ve made.’  

Rafiq claimed when he first joined Yorkshire he and different Asian gamers have been advised they needed to ‘sit close to the bathrooms’ and have been referred to as ‘elephant washers’. He additionally launched one other broadside at former teammate Ballance, saying it was an open secret within the England dressing room he was racist.

The spin bowler additionally claimed Alex Hales named his black Dobermann ‘Kevin’ after his good friend Ballance used it to consult with black folks. And he hit out at present England Take a look at captain Joe Root, claiming the batsman was on the nights out when he was referred to as a ‘P***’. 

Through the wide-ranging listening to, Rafiq blinked again tears as he opened up concerning the ‘inhumane’ therapy he obtained from coaches after his spouse had a miscarriage in 2017.

His emotional testimony needed to be delivered to an abrupt halt by DCMS chair Julian Knight and adjourned for 5 minutes so the cricketer might recompose himself.  

The spin bowler additionally warned that ‘a whole lot and hundreds’ of cricketers might now come ahead with their very own racism claims – claiming there will likely be a gap of the ‘floodgates’ the place victims of alleged abuse struggle again. 

In a devastating 90-minute testimony to a Commons committee, Rafiq recalled his ‘inhuman’ therapy at Yorkshire County Cricket Membership and accused senior gamers of racist bullying.

The 30-year-old stated the phrase ‘P***’ was ‘used consistently’ in his time on the Yorkshire first group – and that racism continues to be rife in county groups throughout the nation.

At one level the listening to needed to be halted as Rafiq broke down in tears describing his therapy after he misplaced his unborn baby, with a senior official ‘ripping the shreds’ off him as a substitute of providing assist.

The cricketer was giving proof to MPs after a report earlier this yr discovered he was a sufferer of ‘racial harassment and bullying’ however the membership stated they’d not self-discipline anybody. The remarks have additionally been dismissed by different gamers as ‘banter’.

In his extremely emotional account Rafiq stated he had misplaced his profession to racism after making an official criticism about bullying, however hoped that by talking out he might change the sport. 

He advised how, aged 15 and a practising Muslim, he was ‘pinned down’ and had purple wine poured down his throat by a senior participant at his native cricket membership.

And he stated racism had seeped into the England dressing room, the place it was an ‘open secret’ that Ballance used the phrase ‘Kevin’ as a derogatory phrase for black and Asian gamers, an allegation Ballance has denied.

He added that England batsman Alex Hales allegedly named his canine Kevin as a result of it was black. Hales strongly denied the claims in a press release.

Rafiq additionally criticised different gamers in a roundabout way concerned in racist behaviour for failing to recognise the damaging tradition and doing nothing to stamp it out.

They included England check captain Joe Root – described by Rafiq as ‘a very good man’ – who was current when racist slurs have been made.

He stated issues started with Yorkshire CCC’s hierarchy when he was labelled a troublemaker for complaining about bullying by a teammate. It got here to a head in his therapy by cricket director Martyn Moxon throughout his spouse’s troublesome being pregnant, which ended within the unborn baby dying.

Choking again tears, the daddy of two stated: ‘My first day again after shedding my son Martyn Moxon actually received me in a room and ripped the shreds off me. I’ve by no means seen him converse to anybody like that by way of my time on the membership and I couldn’t consider it.’

Resolution-makers are braced for a testing day on Friday, because the England and Wales Cricket Board takes half in a game-wide assembly at The Oval. 

The governing physique’s dealing with of the continued racism disaster, set in practice by Rafiq’s allegations in opposition to Yorkshire however seemingly spreading wider by the day, is more likely to appeal to main criticism.

The chairs of the 18 first-class counties will meet, joined by representatives of the 21 non-first class cricket boards, the nationwide counties cricket affiliation and the MCC, and it’s understood there may be some disquiet concerning the glacial tempo and hands-off method the scandal has been handled.

ECB chief govt Tom Harrison can also be anticipated to return beneath fireplace from some in attendance, following his unheralded look in entrance of the Digital, Tradition, Media and Sport choose committee shortly after Rafiq.

With the ECB already working beneath an interim chair, Barry O’Brien, on account of Ian Watmore’s latest departure, Harrison will likely be hoping he can restore confidence in his management of a sport which has been in a close to fixed state of emergency for the reason that onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

Cricket governance additionally stays on the agenda at Westminster, with sports activities minister Nigel Huddleston elevating the prospect of an unbiased regulator ought to the present ECB regime fail to ship on the problem of racism.

Chatting with the DCMS choose committee which had interviewed each Rafiq and Harrison, he stated: ‘With cricket, I’d say the clock’s ticking on this, we’d effectively go down that route as effectively.

‘We’ve had very frank conversations with ECB and others concerned in cricket during the last couple of weeks. I’ve had reassurance that they take the problem critically and can act.

‘Tom Harrison has promised me that with each fibre of his being he’ll take motion right here. He is aware of he must act shortly. We’ll decide them on their deeds and never their phrases, and in the event that they fail to behave appropriately we is not going to hesitate to intervene additional.’

Rafiq talked about Lloyd throughout his proof to MPs for instance of the ‘denial, briefings, cover-up, smearing’ that he alleged passed off after he went public together with his racism complaints in opposition to Yorkshire.

He stated: ‘Excessive-profile media folks messaging different members of the media who supported me saying stuff like, ‘The membership homes are the life blood of a membership and Asian gamers don’t go in there’, ‘Getting subs out of Asian gamers is like getting blood out of stone’. 

Rafiq of Yorkshire bowls during the NatWest T20 Blast Semi Final against Durham at Edgbaston in 2016

Rafiq of Yorkshire bowls in the course of the NatWest T20 Blast Semi Last in opposition to Durham at Edgbaston in 2016

Sky cricket pundit David Lloyd has apologised after being named by Azeem Rafiq amid cricket's racism storm

Sky cricket pundit David Lloyd has apologised after being named by Azeem Rafiq amid cricket’s racism storm

England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief executive Tom Harrison is pictured as he gave evidence

Former Yorkshire County Cricket Club chairman Roger Hutton was also grilled by the select committee

England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief govt Tom Harrison (left) was amongst these referred to as to provide proof earlier than the Digital, Tradition, Media and Sport Committee. Proper: Former Yorkshire County Cricket Membership chairman Roger Hutton was grilled by MPs for his position at Yorkshire earlier than he give up

Rafiq claimed fellow England international star Alex Hales used the word Kevin for his dog (pictured together in an Instagram post on the athlete's Instagram) after his friend Ballance coined it for black people

Rafiq claimed fellow England worldwide star Alex Hales used the phrase Kevin for his canine (pictured collectively in an Instagram publish on the athlete’s Instagram) after his good friend Ballance coined it for black folks

Gary Ballance  (pictured playing for England against South Africa in July 2017) is among the cricket stars accused of being racist between 2008 and 2018 by Rafiq

Gary Ballance  (pictured taking part in for England in opposition to South Africa in July 2017) is among the many cricket stars accused of being racist between 2008 and 2018 by Rafiq

Yorkshire Cricket Membership scandal timeline

2008-2018: Azeem Rafiq spends 10 years at Yorkshire CCC, turning into their youngest-ever captain and first of Asian origin in 2012.

September 2020: Yorkshire launch investigation as Rafiq reveals that ‘deep-rooted’ racism on the membership left him ‘near committing suicide’. ‘I’d often come residence from coaching and cry all day,’ he stated. Accusations included folks saying there was ‘too a lot of you lot’ referring to Rafiq and Asian team-mates.

December 2020: Rafiq recordsdata authorized declare in opposition to the county, claiming he suffered ‘direct discrimination and harassment on the grounds of race, in addition to victimisation and detriment on account of his efforts to handle racism on the membership’.

June 2021: Report is delayed and Rafiq’s lawyer says the pushbacks ‘create an absence of religion in the whole course of’. Employment tribunal is held however events fail to resolve the dispute.

August 2021: Yorkshire challenge ‘profound apologies’ to Rafiq as report finds he was ‘the sufferer of inappropriate behaviour’. However they don’t settle for the declare of institutional racism – Rafiq accuses the county of ‘fudging’ his claims and promised he was ‘not going away’.

September 2021: ECB are ‘very involved’ with the abstract of the panel’s findings, with Yorkshire admitting Rafiq was the sufferer of ‘racial harassment and bullying’. 

However simply seven of the 43 allegations made are upheld, with Yorkshire saying they don’t intend to publish a full report.

October 2021: Yorkshire say they won’t take disciplinary motion in opposition to any of its staff following the report. Rafiq writes on Twitter that the membership is ’embarrassing’, saying it offers a ‘inexperienced mild’ to racism.

Final week: Particulars of the report are printed by ESPNcricinfo, together with a senior participant’s admission that he repeatedly used the phrase ‘P***’ in reference to Rafiq, which was deemed ‘banter’. Well being secretary Sajid Javid stated ‘heads ought to roll’, with the Prime Minister asking the ECB to analyze. 

Final week: MailOnline reveals the participant was Rafiq’s former Yorkshire team-mate, England batsman Gary Ballance. Sponsors Anchor Butter, Yorkshire Tea and Emerald all minimize ties with the membership.

‘After which personally this man is speaking about my private consuming, going out and socialising. That was David Lloyd.’

Rafiq additionally advised the DCMS: ‘Fairly early on on the membership, I joined a dressing room filled with my heroes, Michael Vaughan, Matthew Hoggard, a part of the 2005 Ashes group. And it was simply essentially the most surreal second for me.

‘Fairly early on, me and different folks from an Asian background…there have been feedback akin to ‘you’ll sit over there close to the bathrooms’, ‘elephant washers’. 

‘The phrase P*** was used consistently. And there simply appeared to be an acceptance within the establishment from the leaders and nobody ever stamped it out.’

Rafiq added: ‘All I needed to do is play cricket and play for England and stay my dream and stay my household’s dream.’

He added: ‘In my first spell, I don’t actually assume I fairly realised what it was. I feel I used to be in denial.’

He stated he began medicine on account of his deteriorating psychological well being and left Yorkshire for the primary time in 2014.

When he returned he initially felt settled beneath captain Alex Lees and coach Jason Gillespie.

‘Jason left in 2016 and it simply felt the temperature within the room had been turned up,’ Rafiq stated. ‘You had Andrew Gale coming in as coach and Gary Ballance as captain.

‘For the primary time I began to see for what it was – I felt remoted, humiliated at instances. Fixed use of the phrase ‘P***’.’ 

Rafiq stated on a 2017 pre-season tour Ballance had racially abused him.

‘We have been in a spot and Gary Ballance walks over and goes, ‘Why are you speaking to him?

‘You already know he’s a P***’. This occurred in entrance of team-mates. It occurred in entrance of teaching employees.’ 

Former England batter Ballance admitted utilizing a ‘racial slur’ in the direction of Rafiq in a prolonged assertion this month, apologising however framing it as a part of their friendship.

Rafiq advised the committee that was not an correct depiction of their relationship, saying it went downhill from 2013 onwards and had change into poisonous by 2017.

Requested by chair Mr Knight concerning the time period ‘Kevin’, he stated it was an offensive, racist time period that reached the very high of the sport.

‘Kevin was a one thing Gary used to explain anybody of color in a really derogatory method. It was an open secret within the England dressing room,’ he stated.

‘Anybody who got here throughout Gary would know that was a phrase he would use to explain folks of color.’

Rafiq additionally alleged former England batter Alex Hales was concerned, saying: ‘Gary and Alex Hales received actually shut to one another once they performed for England collectively.

‘I wasn’t current in that dressing room, however what I perceive (is) that Alex went on to call his canine ‘Kevin’ as a result of it was black. It’s disgusting how a lot of a joke it was.’

Rafiq, who’s a Muslim, additionally described his harrowing first expertise of alcohol on the age of 15. ‘I received pinned down at my native cricket membership and had purple wine poured down my throat, actually down my throat,’ he stated.

‘The participant performed for Yorkshire and Hampshire. I (then) didn’t contact alcohol till about 2012 and round that point I felt I had to try this to slot in.

‘I wasn’t excellent, there are issues I did which I felt I needed to do to attain my desires. I deeply remorse that but it surely has nothing to do with racism.

‘Once I spoke I ought to have been listened to. The sport as a complete has an issue, with listening to the sufferer. There isn’t a ‘yeah, however’ with racism; there isn’t a ‘two sides’ to racism.’

Rafiq stated the issue at Yorkshire was replicated ‘up and down the nation’.

Requested concerning the reality others, akin to former Essex and Northamptonshire participant Maurice Chambers, had now spoken out, Rafiq stated: ‘I want to see it as progress that individuals are feeling like they’ll come ahead and they’ll be heard and never simply be discredited, smeared about, briefed about.’

He described England and Wales Cricket Board initiatives on range as ‘box-ticking’ workout routines and ‘tokenism’. He stated former England coach David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd had talked about Rafiq’s consuming. 

Rafiq hit out at England Test captain Joe Root (pictured), claiming he was on those nights out where he was called a 'P***'. But he said Root was a good man

He claimed fellow international star Alex Hales named his black dog Kevin after Ballance often used it as a term for black people

Rafiq hit out at England Take a look at captain Joe Root (left), claiming he was on these nights out the place he was referred to as a ‘P***’. However he later stated Root was a very good man. He claimed fellow worldwide star Hales (proper) named his black canine Kevin after Ballance usually used it as a time period for black folks

Rafiq also made claims over Tim Bresnan's (pictured) behaviour at the club, saying he was among 'six or seven' players to have made a bullying complaint against the star in 2017

Rafiq said Matthew Hoggard (pictured) had apologised to him after watching him being interviewed about his experience at Yorkshire

Rafiq additionally made claims over Tim Bresnan’s (left) behaviour on the membership, saying he was amongst ‘six or seven’ gamers to have made a bullying criticism in opposition to the star in 2017. Rafiq stated Matthew Hoggard (proper) had apologised to him after watching him being interviewed about his expertise at Yorkshire

Former England captain Michael Vaughan (pictured in 2018) has categorically denied the claims made by Rafiq against him and issued a statement in which he described the accusations as 'extremely upsetting'

Former England captain Michael Vaughan (pictured in 2018) has categorically denied the claims made by Rafiq in opposition to him and issued a press release through which he described the accusations as ‘extraordinarily upsetting’

He added: ‘He’d been an England coach and commentator and I discovered it disturbing, as a result of Sky is supposedly doing this superb work on bringing racism to the entrance and inside per week of me talking out, that’s what I received despatched to me and I believed, ‘God, there are some closet racists and I must do one thing about it’.’

Rafiq added: ‘I feel with 4 or 5 months left on my contract, I used to be inspired to signal a confidentiality type and take a parcel of cash which I refused.

‘At the moment it could have been some huge cash for me. I feel my spouse was struggling. I knew I used to be struggling. 

‘There was no means mentally I might have even thought-about placing myself by way of this trauma. I truly left the nation. I went to Pakistan. I by no means needed to return again.’

Requested how he had summoned the power to return ahead, Rafiq added: ‘I had an interview about my new enterprise. I received requested a query. And I received emotional. I stated the whole lot.

‘Even at that time, I genuinely thought that there may be some humanity left in a few of these people. However no. They thought, ‘He hasn’t talked about Yorkshire’.

‘It was all about ‘discredit, discredit, discredit’. I don’t know the way I’ve performed it. This final 14 months has been extremely troublesome.’ The committee took a break as Rafiq turned visibly emotional.

After the committee took a break as Rafiq turned visibly emotional, Rafiq stated he discovered it ‘hurtful’ England captain Root stated he had by no means witnessed something of a racist nature at Yorkshire.

‘Rooty is an efficient man. He by no means engaged in racist language,’ Rafiq stated.

‘I discovered it hurtful as a result of Rooty was Gary (Ballance)’s housemate and had been concerned in quite a lot of the socialising the place I used to be referred to as a ‘P***’.

‘It reveals how regular it was that even a very good man like him doesn’t see it for what it was. It’s not going to have an effect on Joe, but it surely’s one thing I bear in mind on daily basis.’





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