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Up to 12 current and former Yorkshire members of staff ‘face fees’ over Azeem Rafiq racism row

The England and Wales Cricket Board is poised to cost up to 12 current and former Yorkshire staff over the Azeem Rafiq racism affair, it was reported on Monday. Gary Ballance, Matthew Hoggard, Andrew Gale and Tim Bresnan have been named by the Daily Mail as amongst these dealing with motion for bringing the sport into disrepute. The ECB and Yorkshire have been unavailable for remark when contacted late on Monday. 

Ballance, who was dominated out of a return to enjoying motion final week with psychological well being points, has been ready for months for the Cricket Discipline Commission to make up its thoughts over a prolonged checklist of race claims from Rafiq. He was accused by Rafiq of calling him “P—”, utilizing the identify “Kevin” as a slur for non-white individuals and of calling him “Rafa the Kaffir”, the final of which he vehemently denies. Bresnan is claimed to have bullied Rafiq and made racial feedback however has since said: “I 100 per cent deny that I’ve ever been racist.” 

During proof to MPs final November, Rafiq broke down in tears as he described the “inhuman” therapy he confronted at Yorkshire. A 57-page witness assertion, half of Rafiq’s submission to an employment tribunal and revealed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport choose committee, additionally made allegations towards Hoggard and the former Yorkshire coach and captain Gale. 

According to the Mail, Gale’s and Bresnan’s agent didn’t want to remark, whereas Ballance and Hoggard’s brokers didn’t reply to requests for remark. At Yorkshire, the scandal has already introduced a clearout of membership non-playing staff. There have been 16 sackings in complete, together with director of cricket Martyn Moxon, who had been signed off sick with stress, and Gale, initially suspended over a historic tweet containing an anti-Semitic slur. Despite having ratified reforms designed to stop a repeat of their racism scandal, elevate the ban on Headingley staging England matches and cease them going bust, Yorkshire had been unclear in latest weeks over whether or not they face additional disciplinary motion over it. 

(*12*) might embody a factors deduction and Darren Gough, the county’s interim managing director of cricket, mentioned final week: “As far as I’m concerned, it wouldn’t be ideal doing it mid-season. You’d want to know before the start of the season.” Last month, Yorkshire appeared shut to drawing a line underneath the scandal as chairman Lord Patel secured a landslide mandate from members to make membership modifications which guarantee England matches are at Headingley this summer time. The ECB had conditionally lifted a suspension of internationals in February on the idea of the membership meeting “several criteria” by March 31. 

Demands included the elimination of vetoing “powers” for the Colin Graves Trust, which remains to be owed £15 million by the county. Patel’s plan to resolve the difficulty was to ask members to vote on the extraordinary common meeting for up to eight non-members to be a part of Yorkshire’s board as impartial non-executive administrators. The lifting of the ban freed Headingley to stage England’s third Test towards New Zealand in June and their third one-day worldwide towards South Africa the next month, in addition to an Ashes Test subsequent year. 

An EGM had already been twice postponed over procedural flaws recognized by Smith, who additionally declared there to be elementary defects in Yorkshire’s plan to put the matter to relaxation. That included the appointment of a majority-independent board to what’s a cooperative society – though this may not be unprecedented – and a proposal to indemnify Patel over his resolution to pay Rafiq £200,000 in compensation and sack the membership’s complete teaching group at a possible value of hundreds of thousands.

Admitting the spectre of disciplinary motion might dangle over the membership “all season”, Gough added: “As far as the players and the coaches are concerned now, their focus has got to be on the cricket. “When I took over in January, I saw the – almost – fear in a lot of the players’ faces, and confusion. But, I’ll tell you what, three months later, what I have seen and witnessed is a team that work for each other; they’ve worked their socks off to get into a position where they’re excited about the season. “And I’m immensely proud of them – and I told them so before they went to Dubai – in what they’ve done as individuals this last few months. It’s been remarkable, really.”

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