ECB vow to punish abusive coaches in Azeem Rafiq scandal

ECB vow to punish abusive coaches after Yorkshire’s independent panel found evidence of racist abuse following complaints by Azeem Rafiq

  • Yorkshire’s independent panel found evidence of racist abuse by two coaches
  • The finding which will lead to disciplinary action by the governing body 
  • Chief executive Mark Arthur also finally resigned on another tumultuous day 

The ECB have pledged to take disciplinary action against any individuals found guilty of racist behaviour by Yorkshire’s independent panel on another tumultuous day for the crisis-hit county, which saw chief executive Mark Arthur finally resign.

ESPNcricinfo reported on Thursday that the panel found evidence of racist abuse by two Yorkshire coaches as part of the seven complaints made by Azeem Rafiq that were upheld, a finding which will lead to sanctions by the ECB.

The governing body have already signalled their intentions by suspending Gary Ballance from international cricket pending a formal disciplinary hearing after he admitted calling Rafiq a ‘P***,’ and the coaches implicated in the scandal will also face action.

Mark Arthur was the final member of Yorkshire’s executive to stand down on Thursday

While they have yet to be identified, Rafiq is expected to reveal names when he appears before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee next week.

Arthur is the final member of Yorkshire’s executive to stand down after chairman Roger Hutton resigned last Friday and director of cricket Martyn Moxon took leave on health grounds earlier this week.

Panel found evidence of racist abuse by two coaches after complaints by Azeem Rafiq

Panel found evidence of racist abuse by two coaches after complaints by Azeem Rafiq

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