David Lloyd 在被 Azeem Rafiq 点名后道歉

David Lloyd issues an apology and expresses ‘deep regretfor making an offensive comment about the Asian cricket community after Azeem Rafiq named the commentator during DCMS committee hearing in Westminster

  • David Lloyd has apologised after being named by Azeem Rafiq in Westminster
  • Rafiq lifted the lid on the racist abuse he received throughout his cricket career
  • Lloyd was named among a host of leading cricket figures during the hearing
  • He expressed ‘deep regretfor a comment about the Asian cricket community
  • David Lloyd has apologised to Azeem Rafiq for making offensive comments about the former Yorkshire player and the Asian cricket community.

    Rafiq claimed in Tuesday’s Digital, 文化, Media and Sport committee that the ex-England coach and Sky Sports pundit had attempted to ‘smear’ him in messages to a media colleague last year.

    在声明中, Lloyd confirmed a ‘private message exchange’ had taken place that he ‘deeply regrets’, with Sky revealing they will now investigate the 74-year-old’s comments.

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

    他说: ‘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”.

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

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

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

    Rafiq named Bumble among a host of  figures in cricket to have made offensive comments

    Rafiq named Bumble among a host of figures in cricket to have made offensive comments

    Lloyd expressed 'deep regret' for the comment he made in a statement posted on Twitter

    Lloyd expressed ‘deep regretfor the comment he made in a statement posted on Twitter








    ‘I found it disturbing because Sky are 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. 我想, “Gosh, there’s some closet racists and we need to do something about it”.’

    作为回应, Lloyd admitted: ‘In October 2020, I had a private message exchange with a third party involved in cricket, about a number of topics.

    ‘In these messages, I referred to allegations about Azeem Rafiq which I had heard from within the game. I also made some comments about the Asian cricket community.

    The spin bowler told the Digital, 文化, Media and Sport Committee racism was rife at the side and no one in leadership challenged it. He is pictured as he began to weep during the testimony

    The spin bowler told the Digital, 文化, Media and Sport Committee racism was rife at the side and no one in leadership challenged it. He is pictured as he began to weep during the testimony

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

    Rafiq hit out at England Test captain Joe Root (图为), 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 (剩下), 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 (对) named his black dog Kevin after Ballance often used it as a term for black people








    ‘I deeply regret my actions, and I apologise most sincerely to Azeem and to the Asian cricket community for doing this, and for any offence caused.

    ‘I am strongly committed to making cricket a more inclusive sport. It is very obvious now that more work needs to be done and I will do everything I can to remove discrimination from the sport I love, and the sport that has been my life for over 50 年份。'

    Sky said in a statement: ‘Sky is committed to actively championing inclusion in cricketand in all sportsand opposing all forms of discrimination.

    ‘We will be investigating the comments attributed to David Lloyd in today’s select committee hearing.’

    Lloyd insisted he is committed to making cricket a more inclusive game following Rafiq's case

    Lloyd insisted he is committed to making cricket a more inclusive game following Rafiq’s case

    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.

    他加了: ‘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. 代替, 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, 说: ‘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 (是) that Alex went on to name his dog ‘Kevinbecause it was black. It’s disgusting how much of a joke it was.

    • [object Window]:

    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.

    他说: ‘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.

    • 马修·霍格德:

    Rafiq said: ‘It was Hoggy who started calling me ‘Raffa the Kaffir’. It was only later I realised what ‘Kaffir’ 他透露他最初不知道这些数字的含义, 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.

    他说: ‘I took a phone call from Matthew and he just said, '看, 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’. “我非常不愿意设立 GoFundMe,因为它就像一个慈善机构,我感觉很糟糕,因为每个人都在告诉我, when someone does that, 我像, '谢谢, 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’ 劳埃德:

    Rafiq claimed: ‘There were denial, briefings, cover-ups, smearing, 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, 我想, '上帝, 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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