Former England captain Michael Vaughan has revealed he was accused of racist behavior by former Yorkshire player Azeem Rafiq, an allegation he “completely and categorically” denied while vowing to “fight” to erase her name.
In a column for ‘Daily Telegraph’ Vaughan admitted he was the former player involved in the investigation into Rafiq’s allegations of institutional racism in Yorkshire.
Vaughan, who represented the county from 1991 until his retirement in 2009, said Yorkshire’s Azeem Rafiq report said he told a group of Asian players, including Rafiq: “There are too many of you, we have to do something. ”The alleged incident came as Yorkshire entered the pitch in a game against Nottinghamshire in 2009, Rafiq’s first season as a professional.
“I completely and categorically deny ever having said these words. I have nothing to hide. The “you a lot” comment never happened, “he wrote in the column.
“Anyone who tries to remember the words spoken 10 years ago will be fallible, but I’m adamant those words haven’t been used. If Rafiq thinks something was said at the time to upset him, then he does. The 2005 Ashes captain said he would ‘fight to the end’ to prove his innocence.
“It’s hard to comment on that except to say that it pains me a lot to think that I have potentially affected someone. I consider this the most serious allegation ever brought before me and I will fight to the end to prove that I am not that person. ” Vaughan said he was approached 11 years after the alleged incident, in December 2020, the panel responsible for investigating allegations of institutional racism by Rafiq at the club.
I responded to the panel saying I was stunned… It was 11 years after the alleged event. Nothing at all was raised or said at the time of the game in question, nor at any time over the next 11 years until the day before my request to speak to the Inquiry.
It hit me really hard. It was like being hit on the head with a brick. I have been involved in cricket for 30 years and have never been charged once with an incident or disciplinary offense similar to that of a player or commentator. accusations of racial abuse by former player Azeem Rafiq, which have been found to be true in an independent investigation, calling the club’s approach “heinous”.
The ECB made the move a day after Yorkshire player Gary Ballance admitted to using a racial insult against ex-teammate Rafiq.
Vaughan said that as a cricket and Yorkshire lover, it had been difficult for him to hear about the painful experiences Rafiq had during his time at the club.
On an individual level, it is clear that Azeem has endured a lot. It is not only fair but essential that his experiences and his point of view are heard. There are undoubtedly lessons to be learned.
The ECB has also banned Ballance from the English selection for an indefinite period. Ballance has accepted his guilt for being responsible for some of the offensive and derogatory terms Rafiq has revealed he was subjected to while playing for the North County of England.
Vaughan said Yorkshire have dealt with the issue of racism “terribly” and the club will be honest enough to admit it.
“I played professional cricket for 18 years between 1991 and 2009. All the players in that period now look back on the things that were said and admit they wouldn’t say them now.
” I’ve never heard of racist abuse, but Yorkshire was a tough locker room. As second-team players, we had to knock on the locker room door before entering. If you had a big nose, were bald, or carried a little weight, they would be commented out.
Rafiq, a former England Under-19 captain, said in interviews last year that as a Muslim he felt like a ‘foreigner’ during his time in Yorkshire from 2008 to 2018 and that he was about to kill himself. .
Rafiq made 43 allegations regarding his stay in Yorkshire, seven of which were confirmed by an independent panel, which added that there was “no doubt” that he had been the victim of racial harassment and intimidation.
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