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Yorkshire County Cricket Club Penalized And Fined For Racism 

Consequently, Yorkshire now finds itself at the bottom of Division Two of the County Championship.The racism allegations were brought to light by Azeem Rafiq, a 32-year-old bowler of Pakistani origin, in September 2020.

Yorkshire County Cricket Club Penalized And Fined For Racism 
Yorkshire County Cricket Club Penalized And Fined For Racism

Yorkshire County Cricket Club faced severe consequences on Friday as they were handed a significant 48-point deduction in the English County Championship.The penalty came after the club admitted to four charges associated with the Azeem Rafiq racism scandal.

The independent Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC) imposed a hefty fine of £400,000 (approximately R9 million) on the club, with £300,000 of the sum being suspended for two years.

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Consequently, Yorkshire now finds itself at the bottom of Division Two of the County Championship.The racism allegations were brought to light by Azeem Rafiq, a 32-year-old bowler of Pakistani origin, in September 2020.

Rafiq spoke openly about facing racism and bullying during his tenure at the English county. In response to the penalties, Yorkshire’s board issued a statement accepting responsibility and acknowledging the club’s efforts to address the cultural issues that allowed discriminatory behavior to persist unchallenged.

They expressed their commitment to moving forward and learning from the experience. However, the board also expressed disappointment in the points deduction, emphasizing that it affects players and staff who were not responsible for the situation.

ECB Chief Executive Richard Gould, who was not in his position during the Rafiq scandal, emphasized the importance of eradicating racism from cricket. He praised the courage of Azeem Rafiq for speaking out against the injustices he endured.

Previously, the CDC had fined six former Yorkshire players after finding them guilty of using racist language, indicating a history of unacceptable conduct within the club.

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Additionally, a damning report from the Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket (ICEC) revealed troubling instances of racism, sexism, and classism in English cricket.

The ICEC was established in 2021 following the racism scandal surrounding Azeem Rafiq, aiming to address and rectify systemic issues in the sport.

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