Yorkshire condemn ‘vile’ and ‘terrifying’ threats against Azeem Rafiq after racism allegations


Former allrounder unnerved after receiving specific threats on social media

Yorkshire have promised to ban for life anyone found to have made threats against Azeem Rafiq or his family and legal team.

The club made the commitment after ESPNcricinfo showed them a collection of messages sent to Chadwick Lawrence, the legal firm used by Rafiq.

Among those messages was a demand for Rafiq to “stop trashing Yorkshire CCC” or see the post office run by his family members “trashed”. Rafiq described the messages as “vile” and “terrifying”.

Such messages – and a host of others sent over social media – have been reported to both South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire police.

The messages followed Rafiq’s claims that he had faced racial abuse and discrimination during his time at Yorkshire. They would appear to have intensified after he decided to take legal action against the club.

Yorkshire had already launched an enquiry into Rafiq’s claims. But while they had originally hoped to report before Christmas, the timeframe has slipped considerably due to the large number of witnesses involved. The club are now avoiding putting a specific timeframe on a conclusion and insist their priority is ensuring the investigation is thorough.

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