Azeem Rafiq ontmoet Holocaust-oorlewende

Cricketer Azeem Rafiq meets Holocaust survivor and tours Jewish Museum in London days after he apologised for anti-Semitic slur in Facebook exchange with another player

  • Ex-Yorkshire spin bowler Azeem Rafiq met Holocaust survivor Ruth Barnett at the Jewish Museum London
  • Ms Barnett is a first generation survivor who fled Germany for Britain aged four and has talked of experiences
  • Rafiq last week apologised for posting historical anti-Semitic messages on Facebook to a cricket colleague
  • The cricketer-turned-whistleblower had rocked world of cricket with allegations of ‘institutional racism
  • Azeem Rafiq today met Holocaust survivor Ruth Barnett at the Jewish Museum London a week after he apologised for posting historical anti-Semitic messages on Facebook.

    The 30-year-old cricketer-turned-whistleblower sat with Ms Barnett, a first generation survivor of the Holocaust who described how the anti-Semitic Nuremberg Laws which stripped her of German citizenship altered the course of her life.

    Born in Berlin in 1935, Ms Barnett fled Germany and arrived in Britain on the Kindertransport in 1939 – the organised rescue effort that took place during the nine months prior to the outbreak of World War Two. Later in life, she gave talks about her own experiences and the origins of other genocides.

    Rafiq was then given a tour of the museum and was shown artefacts from the Holocaust including a yellow star, before Steve Silverman from the Campaign Against Antisemitism group explained to him the origins of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories including the link made between Jewish people and money.

    It comes after Rafiq was forced to confront his own shortcomings after historical anti-Semitic messages on Facebook resurfaced last week, following his shocking testimony to MPs in which he alleged cricket is ‘institutionally racist’.

    In messages to former Warwickshire and Leicestershire player Ateeq Javid, Rafiq, dan 19, had accused Atif Sheikh, an Asian cricketer who was playing for Derbyshire, of not paying a dinner bill because ‘he is a Jew’.

    'Hahaha hy is 'n Jood. Probs go after my 2nds again,’ he wrote on Facebook, voordat dit bygevoeg word: 'Hoe verkeerd is dit nie? Only Jews do that sort of s***’.

    In 'n verklaring aan MailOnline, Rafiq said: ‘I spoke to Atif today and apologised to him for what I said. He was very understanding. I told I’m I was incredibly sorry as I am to all those who may have been offended. I spoke to Atif on the phone and he accepted my apology.

    The former Yorkshire spin bowler had rocked the world of sport with allegations of racism in cricket at a damning parliamentary session.

    Azeem Rafiq today met Holocaust survivor Ruth Barnett at the Jewish Museum London. The 30-year-old cricketer-turned-whistleblower sat with Ms Barnett, a first generation survivor of the Holocaust who described how the anti-Semitic Nuremberg Laws which stripped her of German citizenship altered the course of her life

    Azeem Rafiq today met Holocaust survivor Ruth Barnett at the Jewish Museum London. The 30-year-old cricketer-turned-whistleblower sat with Ms Barnett, a first generation survivor of the Holocaust who described how the anti-Semitic Nuremberg Laws which stripped her of German citizenship altered the course of her life

    The exchange appears to show Rafiq, dan 19, and Javid making offensive remarks about an unidentified Asian cricketer in 2011 who they accused of not paying a dinner bill because 'he is a Jew'

    In 'n verklaring op Twitter, Rafiq apologised for his past remarks, saying he has deleted the exchange and that he is a 'different person today'

    Links: The exchange appears to show Rafiq, dan 19, and Javid making offensive remarks about an unidentified Asian cricketer in 2011 who they accused of not paying a dinner bill because ‘he is a Jew’. Reg: In 'n verklaring op Twitter, Rafiq apologised for his past remarks, saying he has deleted the exchange and that he is a ‘different person today

    Rafiq (op die foto) het trane teruggeveg terwyl LP's bombshell bewerings van institusionele rassisme in die hart van die Engelse spel gehoor het

    Rafiq (op die foto) het trane teruggeveg terwyl LP's bombshell bewerings van institusionele rassisme in die hart van die Engelse spel gehoor het

    MailOnline can reveal that Rafiq and Javid made the offensive remarks about cricketer Atif Sheikh

    MailOnline can reveal that Rafiq and Javid made the offensive remarks about cricketer Atif Sheikh

    Which England stars has Azeem Rafiq dragged into explosive cricket row and what has he claimed?

    • Gary Ballance:

    Rafiq said he started medication due to his deteriorating mental health and left Yorkshire for the first time in 2014. When he returned he initially felt settled under captain Alex Lees and coach Jason Gillespie.

    ‘Jason left in 2016 and it just felt the temperature in the room had been turned up,’ Rafiq said. ‘You had Andrew Gale coming in as coach and Gary Ballance as captain. For the first time I started to see for what it wasI felt isolated, humiliated at times. Constant use of the word ‘P***’.

    Rafiq said on a 2017 pre-season tour Ballance had racially abused him. ‘We were in a place and Gary Ballance walks over and goes, ‘Why are you talking to him? You know he’s a P***’. This happened in front of team-mates. It happened in front of coaching staff.

    Hy het bygevoeg: ‘He would constantly talk down to me and make racist jokes, designed to undermine me and make me feel small, like coming up and interrupting when I was talking to girls in a club, saying ‘don’t talk to him, he’s a P***’. I remember crying outside a nightclub after his constant racist taunting.

    ‘On those bus trips, he would look out for corner shops and make comments like ‘does your dad own these?’ Gary would often make comments like this on YCCC [Yorkshire County Cricket Club] bus trips, in the dressing room, or at events — and in front of YCCC coaches, staff and management, including our coach, Andrew Gale, [the coach] Richard Pyrah, director of cricket Martyn Moxon, and club president Dickie Bird. But nothing was said or done to stop it. In plaas daarvan, they often laughed along.

    Ballance admitted using a ‘racial slurtowards Rafiq in a lengthy statement this month, apologising but framing it as part of their friendship. Rafiq told the committee that was not an accurate depiction of their relationship, saying it went downhill from 2013 onwards and had become toxic by 2017.

    • Alex Hales:

    Rafiq also alleged former England batter Alex Hales was involved, sê: ‘Gary and Alex Hales got really close to each other when they played for England together. I wasn’t present in that dressing room, but what I understand (is) that Alex went on to name his dog ‘Kevinbecause it was black. It’s disgusting how much of a joke it was.

    • Michael Vaughan:

    Asked about Vaughan, Rafiq said: ‘Michael might not remember itthree of us, Adil, myself and Rana remember it.

    ‘He clearly had a snippet of my statement. He used his platform at the Daily Telegraph to tell everyone he hadn’t said these things. To go on and put a snippet of my statement out and talk about other things, I thought was completely wrong. He probably doesn’t remember it because it doesn’t mean anything to him.

    • Tim Bresnan:

    Rafiq make claims over the former England player’s behaviour at the club, saying he was among ‘six or sevenplayers to have made a bullying complaint against the star in 2017. But he added that he was the only one of those players who was of colour.

    Hy het gesê: ‘Tim is Andrew’s [Gale’s] brother-in-law. They always supported each other. Tim would tag along and join in with Andrew’s racist comments and they bounced off each other in terms of the bullying. As with Andrew, Tim frequently made racist comments and was unduly harsh towards me compared to white British players, which became so unbearable that I made a formal complaint against him in 2017.

    • Matthew Hoggard:

    Rafiq said: ‘It was Hoggy who started calling me ‘Raffa the Kaffir’. It was only later I realised what ‘Kaffirmeant, how it was used, and that it was a racist term. Comments from Hoggy towards myself and the other Asian players — Adil, Ajmal and Rana — were constant.

    ‘He might have thought it was just dressing room banter, but we would come in in the morning and he would say things like ‘you lot sit over thereand make us all sit together. He would also call us things like ‘elephant washersand ‘P***’. Rafiq said Matthew Hoggard apologised to him after watching him being interviewed about his experience at Yorkshire.

    Hy het gesê: ‘I took a phone call from Matthew and he just said, ‘Kyk, I didn’t realise, I’m really sorry. If some of the comments I made made you feel the way you’ve described it, I just want to apologise’. Jy weet wat, when someone does that, ek was soos, 'Dankie, I really appreciate it’.

    • Joe Root:

    Rafiq said he found it ‘hurtfulEngland captain Root said he had never witnessed anything of a racist nature at Yorkshire. ‘Rooty is a good man. He never engaged in racist language,’ Rafiq said.

    ‘I found it hurtful because Rooty was Gary (Ballance)’s housemate and had been involved in a lot of the socialising where I was called a ‘P***’. It shows how normal it was that even a good man like him doesn’t see it for what it was. It’s not going to affect Joe, but it’s something I remember every day.

    • David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd:

    Rafiq claimed: ‘There were denial, briefings, cover-ups, smeer, high-profile media people messaging other members of the media who supported me saying stuff like ‘the clubhouse is the lifeblood of a club and Asian players don’t go in there’, and ‘getting subs out of Asian players is like getting blood out of a stone’.

    ‘And then personally, this guy doesn’t even know me, has never spent any time with me, talking about my personal drinking, going out and socialising. That was David Lloyd, he’s been an England coach, commentator and I found it disturbing. Within a week of me speaking out that’s what I got sent to me, and I thought, 'God, there’s some closet racists and we need to do something about it’.

    • Jack Brooks

    Rafiq claimed Jack Brooks, a two-time County Championship winner at Yorkshire, had started the disrespectful practice of calling India star Cheteshwar Pujara ‘Steveduring an overseas stint at the club.

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    In shocking testimony, Rafiq broke down in tears as he told MPs that racism had destroyed his career and pointed the finger at Tim Bresnan, Matthew Hoggard, Alex Hales, Gary Ballance en David 'Bumble’ Lloyd. Bresnan has refuted allegations he made racist comments towards Rafiq.

    He also claimed the word P*** was ‘used constantlyduring his time at Yorkshire CCC as he gave explosive testimony to MPs.

    In one shocking claim, Rafiq gave a harrowing account of having red wine forced down his throat by older players at his local team when he was 15 and a devout Muslimbefore he drank more heavily from 2012 ‘to try to fit in’.

    Reacting to Rafiq’s anti-Semitic slurs, Board of Deputies of British Jews President Marie van der Zyl said: ‘Azeem Rafiq has suffered terribly at the hands of racists in cricket so he will well understand the hurt this exchange will cause to Jews who have supported him.

    ‘His apology certainly seems heartfelt and we have no reason to believe he is not completely sincere.

    Claudia Mendoza, co-chief executive of the Jewish Leadership Council, bygevoeg: ‘There’s no doubt that this is massively awkward for Azeem Rafiq but he’s taken full ownership, apologised, and undoubtedlythrough his own experienceslearnt a lot about racism since then.

    In 'n verklaring op Twitter, Rafiq apologised for his past remarks, saying he has deleted the exchange and that he is a ‘different person today’.

    Hy het gesê: 'Ek is van vroeg af 'n beeld van hierdie uitruiling gestuur 2011 vandag. Ek het teruggegaan om my rekening na te gaan en dit is ek. Ek het absoluut geen verskonings nie. I am ashamed of this exchange and have now deleted it so as not to cause further offence.

    'Ek was 19 destyds en ek hoop en glo ek is vandag 'n ander mens. Ek is ongelooflik kwaad vir myself en ek vra om verskoning aan die Joodse gemeenskap en almal wat tereg hierdeur beledig word.’

    In a later post, hy het bygevoeg: ‘At no point will I ever try and defend the indefensible. For those I have hurt I am sincerely sorry. I will continue to front up and own any more mistakes I have made.

    Rafiq claimed when he first joined Yorkshire he and other Asian players were told they had to ‘sit near the toiletsand were called ‘elephant washers’. He also launched another broadside at former teammate Ballance, saying it was an open secret in the England dressing room he was racist.

    The spin bowler also claimed Alex Hales named his black Dobermann ‘Kevinafter his friend Ballance used it to refer to black people. And he hit out at current England Test captain Joe Root, claiming the batsman was on the nights out when he was called a ‘P***’.

    During the wide-ranging hearing, Rafiq blinked back tears as he opened up about the ‘inhumanetreatment he received from coaches after his wife had a miscarriage in 2017.

    His emotional testimony had to be brought to an abrupt halt by DCMS chair Julian Knight and adjourned for five minutes so the cricketer could recompose himself.

    The spin bowler also warned that ‘hundreds and thousandsof cricketers could now come forward with their own racism claims – beweer dat daar 'n opening van die 'sluise' sal wees’ waar slagoffers van beweerde mishandeling terugbaklei.

    In 'n verwoestende getuienis van 90 minute aan 'n Commons-komitee, Rafiq het sy 'onmenslike' onthou’ behandeling by Yorkshire County Krieketklub en het senior spelers van rassistiese afknouery beskuldig.

    The 30-year-old said the word ‘P***’ is 'gedurig gebruik’ in his time on the Yorkshire first teamand that racism continues to be rife in county teams across the country.

    Op 'n stadium moes die verhoor gestaak word, aangesien Rafiq in trane uitgebreek het en sy behandeling beskryf het nadat hy sy ongebore kind verloor het, met 'n senior amptenaar wat die flenters skeur’ van hom af in plaas daarvan om ondersteuning te bied.

    The cricketer was giving evidence to MPs after a report earlier this year found he was a victim of ‘racial harassment and bullying’ maar die klub het gesê hulle sal niemand dissiplineer nie. Die opmerkings is ook deur ander spelers as 'geskinder' afgemaak.

    Rafiq het in sy hoogs emosionele verslag gesê hy het sy loopbaan weens rassisme verloor nadat hy 'n amptelike klag oor afknouery gemaak het., maar het gehoop dat hy die spel kon verander deur te praat.

    Hy het vertel hoe, bejaardes 15 en 'n praktiserende Moslem, hy was vasgepen’ en het rooiwyn deur 'n senior speler by sy plaaslike krieketklub in sy keel afgegooi.

    En hy het gesê rassisme het in die Engelse kleedkamer ingesyfer, waar dit 'n 'ope geheim' was’ that Ballance used the word ‘Kevin’ as 'n neerhalende woord vir swart en Asiatiese spelers, 'n bewering wat Ballance ontken het.

    Hy het bygevoeg dat die Engelse kolwer Alex Hales na bewering sy hond Kevin genoem het omdat dit swart was. Hales strongly denied the claims in a statement.

    Rafiq het ook ander spelers wat nie direk by rassistiese gedrag betrokke is nie, gekritiseer omdat hulle nie die skadelike kultuur erken het nie en niks gedoen het om dit uit te roei nie.

    They included England test captain Joe Rootdescribed by Rafiq as ‘a good man’ – who was present when racist slurs were made.

    Hy het gesê probleme het begin met Yorkshire CCC se hiërargie toe hy as 'n moeilikheidmaker bestempel is omdat hy oor afknouery deur 'n spanmaat gekla het. Dit het tot 'n hoogtepunt gekom in sy behandeling deur krieketdirekteur Martyn Moxon tydens sy vrou se moeilike swangerskap, wat daarop uitgeloop het dat die ongebore kind gesterf het.

    Verstik trane, het die pa van twee gesê: 'My eerste dag terug nadat ek my seun Martyn Moxon verloor het, het my letterlik in 'n kamer gekry en die flenters van my afgeruk. Ek het hom nog nooit deur my tyd by die klub so met iemand sien praat nie en ek kon dit nie glo nie.’

    Besluitnemers staan ​​gereed vir 'n toetsdag op Vrydag, aangesien die Engelse en Wallis-krieketraad aan 'n wedstrydwye vergadering by The Oval deelneem.

    Die beheerliggaam se hantering van die voortslepende rassismekrisis, aan die gang gesit deur Rafiq se bewerings teen Yorkshire, maar skynbaar by die dag wyer versprei, sal waarskynlik groot kritiek lok.

    Die stoele van die 18 eersteklas provinsies sal ontmoet, aangesluit deur verteenwoordigers van die 21 nie-eersteklas krieketborde, die nasionale graafskapkrieketvereniging en die MCC, en daar word verstaan ​​dat daar 'n mate van ontsteltenis is oor die gletsjertempo en die manier waarop die skandaal hanteer is.

    Tom Harrison, uitvoerende hoof van die ECB, sal na verwagting ook onder skoot kom van sommige aanwesiges, na aanleiding van sy ongekende verskyning voor die Digitale, Kultuur, Media en Sport kieskomitee kort ná Rafiq.

    Met die ECB wat reeds onder 'n tussentydse stoel funksioneer, Barry O'Brien, weens Ian Watmore se onlangse vertrek, Harrison sal hoop dat hy vertroue in sy leierskap van 'n speletjie kan herstel wat in 'n byna konstante noodtoestand verkeer sedert die aanvang van die koronaviruspandemie.

    Krieketbestuur bly ook op die agenda by Westminster, met minister van sport Nigel Huddleston wat die vooruitsig van 'n onafhanklike reguleerder verhoog indien die huidige ECB-regime nie die kwessie van rassisme lewer nie.

    Praat met die DCMS gekose komitee wat beide Rafiq en Harrison onderhoude gevoer het, hy het gesê: ‘Met krieket, Ek sou sê die klok tik hierop, ons kan dalk ook daardie roete afgaan.

    'Ons het die afgelope paar weke baie openhartige gesprekke met ECB en ander betrokke by krieket gehad. Ek het die versekering gehad dat hulle die kwessie ernstig opneem en sal optree.

    'Tom Harrison het my belowe dat hy met elke vesel van sy wese hier sal optree. Hy weet hy moet vinnig optree. Ons sal hulle oordeel op hul dade en nie hul woorde nie, en as hulle versuim om toepaslik op te tree, sal ons nie huiwer om verder in te gryp nie.’

    Rafiq mentioned Lloyd during his evidence to MPs as an example of the ‘denial, briefings, cover-up, smeer’ that he alleged took place after he went public with his racism complaints against Yorkshire.

    Hy het gesê: ‘High-profile media people messaging other members of the media who supported me saying stuff like, ‘The club houses are the life blood of a club and Asian players don’t go in there’, ‘Getting subs out of Asian players is like getting blood out of stone’.

    Rafiq of Yorkshire bowls during the NatWest T20 Blast Semi Final against Durham at Edgbaston in 2016

    Rafiq of Yorkshire bowls during the NatWest T20 Blast Semi Final against Durham at Edgbaston in 2016

    Sky cricket pundit David Lloyd has apologised after being named by Azeem Rafiq amid cricket's racism storm

    Sky cricket pundit David Lloyd has apologised after being named by Azeem Rafiq amid cricket’s racism storm

    England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief executive Tom Harrison is pictured as he gave evidence

    Former Yorkshire County Cricket Club chairman Roger Hutton was also grilled by the select committee

    England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief executive Tom Harrison (links) was among those called to give evidence before the Digital, Kultuur, Media and Sport Committee. Reg: Former Yorkshire County Cricket Club chairman Roger Hutton was grilled by MPs for his role at Yorkshire before he quit

    Rafiq claimed fellow England international star Alex Hales used the word Kevin for his dog (pictured together in an Instagram post on the athlete's Instagram) after his friend Ballance coined it for black people

    Rafiq claimed fellow England international star Alex Hales used the word Kevin for his dog (pictured together in an Instagram post on the athlete’s Instagram) after his friend Ballance coined it for black people

    Gary Ballance  (pictured playing for England against South Africa in July 2017) is among the cricket stars accused of being racist between 2008 en 2018 by Rafiq

    Gary Ballance (pictured playing for England against South Africa in July 2017) is among the cricket stars accused of being racist between 2008 en 2018 by Rafiq

    Yorkshire Krieketklub skandaal tydlyn

    2008-2018: Azeem Rafiq spandeer 10 jaar by Yorkshire CCC, word hul jongste kaptein ooit en eerste van Asiatiese oorsprong in 2012.

    September 2020: Yorkshire begin ondersoek as Rafiq onthul dat 'diepgewortel’ rassisme by die klub het hom 'naby daaraan gelaat om selfmoord te pleeg'. 'Ek het gereeld van opleiding tuisgekom en heeldag gehuil,’ hy het gesê. Beskuldigings het mense ingesluit wat sê daar is 'te veel van julle baie'’ verwys na Rafiq en Asiatiese spanmaats.

    Desember 2020: Rafiq dien regseis teen die land in, beweer dat hy 'direkte diskriminasie en teistering op grond van ras' gely het, asook viktimisasie en benadeling as gevolg van sy pogings om rassisme by die klub aan te spreek..

    Junie 2021: Verslag word vertraag en Rafiq se prokureur sê die terugslae 'skep 'n gebrek aan geloof in die hele proses'. Indiensnemingstribunaal word gehou, maar partye versuim om die dispuut op te los.

    Augustus 2021: Yorkshire kwessie 'grondige verskonings’ aan Rafiq toe verslag bevind hy was 'die slagoffer van onvanpaste gedrag'. Maar hulle aanvaar nie die aanspraak van institusionele rassisme nie – Rafiq beskuldig die graafskap van 'fudging'’ sy aansprake en belowe hy gaan nie weg nie.

    September 2021: ECB is 'baie bekommerd’ met die opsomming van die paneel se bevindinge, met Yorkshire wat erken Rafiq was die slagoffer van 'rasseteistering en afknouery'.

    Maar net sewe van die 43 bewerings wat gemaak is, word gehandhaaf, met Yorkshire wat gesê het hulle is nie van plan om 'n volledige verslag te publiseer nie.

    Oktober 2021: Yorkshire sê hulle sal nie dissiplinêre stappe teen enige van sy werknemers neem na aanleiding van die verslag nie. Rafiq skryf op Twitter dat die klub 'verleentheid' is, sê dit gee 'n 'groen lig’ tot rassisme.

    Verlede week: Besonderhede van die verslag word deur ESPNcricinfo gepubliseer, insluitend 'n senior speler se erkenning dat hy herhaaldelik die woord 'P*** gebruik het’ met verwysing na Rafiq, wat as 'geskinder' beskou is. Gesondheidsekretaris Sajid Javid het gesê 'koppe moet rol', met die Eerste Minister wat die ECB vra om ondersoek in te stel.

    Verlede week: MailOnline onthul die speler was Rafiq se voormalige spanmaat in Yorkshire, Engeland se kolwer Gary Ballance. Borge Anker Botter, Yorkshire Tea and Emerald het almal bande met die klub gesny.

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    ‘And then personally this guy is talking about my personal drinking, going out and socialising. That was David Lloyd.

    Rafiq also told the DCMS: ‘Pretty early on at the club, I joined a dressing room full of my heroes, Michael Vaughan, Matthew Hoggard, part of the 2005 Ashes team. And it was just the most surreal moment for me.

    ‘Pretty early on, me and other people from an Asian backgroundthere were comments such as ‘you’ll sit over there near the toilets’, ‘elephant washers’.

    ‘The word P*** was used constantly. And there just seemed to be an acceptance in the institution from the leaders and no one ever stamped it out.

    Rafiq added: ‘All I wanted to do is play cricket and play for England and live my dream and live my family’s dream.

    Hy het bygevoeg: ‘In my first spell, I don’t really think I quite realised what it was. I think I was in denial.

    He said he started medication due to his deteriorating mental health and left Yorkshire for the first time in 2014.

    When he returned he initially felt settled under captain Alex Lees and coach Jason Gillespie.

    ‘Jason left in 2016 and it just felt the temperature in the room had been turned up,’ Rafiq said. ‘You had Andrew Gale coming in as coach and Gary Ballance as captain.

    ‘For the first time I started to see for what it wasI felt isolated, humiliated at times. Constant use of the word ‘P***’.

    Rafiq said on a 2017 pre-season tour Ballance had racially abused him.

    ‘We were in a place and Gary Ballance walks over and goes, ‘Why are you talking to him?

    ‘You know he’s a P***’. This happened in front of team-mates. It happened in front of coaching staff.

    Former England batter Ballance admitted using a ‘racial slurtowards Rafiq in a lengthy statement this month, apologising but framing it as part of their friendship.

    Rafiq told the committee that was not an accurate depiction of their relationship, saying it went downhill from 2013 onwards and had become toxic by 2017.

    Asked by chair Mr Knight about the term ‘Kevin’, he said it was an offensive, racist term that reached the very top of the game.

    ‘Kevin was a something Gary used to describe anyone of colour in a very derogatory manner. It was an open secret in the England dressing room,’ hy het gesê.

    ‘Anyone who came across Gary would know that was a phrase he would use to describe people of colour.

    Rafiq also alleged former England batter Alex Hales was involved, sê: ‘Gary and Alex Hales got really close to each other when they played for England together.

    ‘I wasn’t present in that dressing room, but what I understand (is) that Alex went on to name his dog ‘Kevinbecause it was black. It’s disgusting how much of a joke it was.

    Rafiq, who is a Muslim, also described his harrowing first experience of alcohol at the age of 15. ‘I got pinned down at my local cricket club and had red wine poured down my throat, literally down my throat,’ hy het gesê.

    ‘The player played for Yorkshire and Hampshire. Ek (dan) didn’t touch alcohol until about 2012 and around that time I felt I had to do that to fit in.

    ‘I wasn’t perfect, there are things I did which I felt I had to do to achieve my dreams. I deeply regret that but it has nothing to do with racism.

    ‘When I spoke I should have been listened to. The game as a whole has a problem, with listening to the victim. There is no ‘yeah, maar’ with racism; there is no ‘two sidesto racism.

    Rafiq said the problem at Yorkshire was replicated ‘up and down the country’.

    Asked about the fact others, such as former Essex and Northamptonshire player Maurice Chambers, had now spoken out, Rafiq said: ‘I would like to see it as progress that people are feeling like they can come forward and they are going to be heard and not just be discredited, smeared about, briefed about.

    He described England and Wales Cricket Board initiatives on diversity as ‘box-tickingexercises and ‘tokenism’. He said former England coach David ‘BumbleLloyd had talked about Rafiq’s drinking.

    Rafiq hit out at England Test captain Joe Root (op die foto), claiming he was on those nights out where he was called a 'P***'. But he said Root was a good man

    He claimed fellow international star Alex Hales named his black dog Kevin after Ballance often used it as a term for black people

    Rafiq hit out at England Test captain Joe Root (links), claiming he was on those nights out where he was called a ‘P***’. But he later said Root was a good man. He claimed fellow international star Hales (reg) named his black dog Kevin after Ballance often used it as a term for black people

    Rafiq also made claims over Tim Bresnan's (op die foto) behaviour at the club, saying he was among 'six or seven' players to have made a bullying complaint against the star in 2017

    Rafiq said Matthew Hoggard (op die foto) had apologised to him after watching him being interviewed about his experience at Yorkshire

    Rafiq also made claims over Tim Bresnan’s (links) behaviour at the club, saying he was among ‘six or sevenplayers to have made a bullying complaint against the star in 2017. Rafiq said Matthew Hoggard (reg) had apologised to him after watching him being interviewed about his experience at Yorkshire

    Former England captain Michael Vaughan (afgebeeld in 2018) has categorically denied the claims made by Rafiq against him and issued a statement in which he described the accusations as 'extremely upsetting'

    Former England captain Michael Vaughan (afgebeeld in 2018) has categorically denied the claims made by Rafiq against him and issued a statement in which he described the accusations as ‘extremely upsetting

    Hy het bygevoeg: ‘He’d been an England coach and commentator and I found it disturbing, because Sky is supposedly doing this amazing work on bringing racism to the front and within a week of me speaking out, that’s what I got sent to me and I thought, 'God, there are some closet racists and I need to do something about it’.

    Rafiq added: ‘I think with four or five months left on my contract, I was encouraged to sign a confidentiality form and take a parcel of money which I refused.

    ‘At that time it would have been a lot of money for me. I think my wife was struggling. I knew I was struggling.

    ‘There was no way mentally I could have even considered putting myself through this trauma. I actually left the country. I went to Pakistan. I never wanted to come back.

    Asked how he had summoned the strength to come forward, Rafiq added: ‘I had an interview about my new business. I got asked a question. And I got emotional. I said everything.

    ‘Even at that point, I genuinely thought that there might be some humanity left in some of these individuals. Maar nee. They thought, ‘He hasn’t talked about Yorkshire’.

    ‘It was all about ‘discredit, diskrediteer, discredit’. I don’t know how I’ve done it. This last 14 months has been incredibly difficult.The committee took a break as Rafiq became visibly emotional.

    After the committee took a break as Rafiq became visibly emotional, Rafiq said he found it ‘hurtfulEngland captain Root said he had never witnessed anything of a racist nature at Yorkshire.

    ‘Rooty is a good man. He never engaged in racist language,’ Rafiq said.

    ‘I found it hurtful because Rooty was Gary (Ballance)’s housemate and had been involved in a lot of the socialising where I was called a ‘P***’.

    ‘It shows how normal it was that even a good man like him doesn’t see it for what it was. It’s not going to affect Joe, but it’s something I remember every day.

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