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Azeem to Tribunal: Hoggard called us Raffa the Kaffir, Elephant washer, P***

On Tuesday, former Yorkshire participant Azeem Rafiq, on the centre of English cricket’s racism scandal, gave disturbing particulars from his taking part in days to the Leeds Employment Tribunal. The 30-year-old spinner, whereas alleging ill-treatment and bias due to his roots, had filed a case in opposition to the Yorkshire Cricket membership. His emotional outpouring is a part of the doc printed for public file on the UK Parliamentary committees web site.

Following are the excerpts from Rafiq’s submission.

“Raffa the Kaffir, Elephant washer and Pigs”

On Matthew Hoggard, former England bowler:

It was Hoggy [Matthew Hoggard] who began calling me “Raffa the Kaffir”. On the time, I actually didn’t perceive that it was a racist slur. My nickname on the membership was “Raffa”, which was a shortening of my surname Rafiq, so when he began calling me “Raffa the Kaffir” – I simply thought he stated it as a result of it rhymed. It was solely later I realised what “Kaffir” meant, the way it was used, and that it was a racist time period.

The feedback from Hoggy in the direction of myself and the opposite Asian gamers – Adil, Ajmal and Rana – had been fixed, every day, and all day, daily. I believe he might need thought it was simply dressing room banter, however we’d are available in within the morning and he would say issues like “you lot sit over there” and make us all sit collectively. He would additionally name us issues like “elephant washers” and “P***”.

After I made my disclosure to the media (with out naming any names and solely referring to the phrases that had been used), Hoggy known as me to apologise for what he had stated to me. I thanked him and I respect him for that.


‘There’s too a lot of you lot’

On Michael Vaughan, former England captain:

Michael Vaughan was certainly one of my cricketing heroes. I keep in mind watching him captain England within the iconic Ashes sequence in 2005 – after I was captain of the England below 15s and taking part in for Yorkshire, like him – and I actually seemed as much as and admired him and aspired to observe in his footsteps. In 2009, after I was 18, I keep in mind being so excited to lastly be in the identical dressing room as him (Nottingham v Yorkshire, 22 June 2009). However the very first thing he stated to us, because the Asian gamers on the crew (myself, Adil, Ajmal and Rana), after the huddle and as we had been strolling on to the sphere was “there’s too a lot of you lot. We have to have a phrase about that”. The 4 of us by no means performed one other match collectively once more after that.

On the time, I keep in mind being shocked and pondering, “did he truly simply say that?”. I felt so dissatisfied that I felt sick. After which I felt offended. However I used to be so decided to play for England that I simply tried to let it go. However I by no means forgot it. Quite a lot of stuff that was stated at YCCC damage me, however listening to this from certainly one of my cricketing heroes, it actually caught with me.


“Why are you speaking to him he’s a Paki”

On Gary Stability, former Yorkshire captain:

Gary Ballance is a cricketer from Zimbabwe who joined YCCC in 2008. Whereas Hoggy began “Raffa the Kaffir”, it was Gary who actually picked it up and actually ran with it. Gary was additionally identified to name any particular person of color, “Kevin”.

I performed within the first crew earlier than Gary did and was out and in of the primary crew between 2009 and 2011. It was 2012, after I made my breakthrough (which was across the time I started socialising extra with the crew, together with consuming alcohol to attempt to slot in), so I began going out with Gary and Joe Root, and at the moment I thought-about them each to be pals (I nonetheless think about Joe a buddy). However over time, the fixed racist banter from Gary grew to become an excessive amount of. He would continuously speak all the way down to me and make racist jokes, designed to undermine me and make me really feel small, like developing

Through the Abu Dhabi pre-season journey in 2009, Gary ridiculed me for not partaking within the consuming tradition. On the final night of the journey, everybody needed to carry out a present. Gary’s present, as all the time, was about him consuming sambuca and he was cherished for his present. My present was non-alcohol associated and Gary humiliated me in entrance of everybody for the shortage of leisure, in comparison with himself. Over time and after many feedback like this, I felt strain to take part within the consuming tradition.

Gary would recurrently make belittling or derogatory feedback about my Pakistani heritage to others in entrance of me in numerous settings (“Don’t speak to him, he’s a Paki” or “Why are you speaking to him he’s a Paki”), together with on cricket journeys and at capabilities. This occurred in entrance of a great deal of folks, together with James Wainman, Joe Root, James Lee, Karl Carver, my agent Will Quinn and Bryan Teller. It bought to the purpose that he stated it so typically, it grew to become insufferable. I grew to become utterly fed up with it and I ended up having to complain to my agent, Will Quinn, on various events. On the PCA Awards occasion in 2014, Gary made one other racist, belittling, racist remark to a lady about me in entrance of me, about me being Pakistani. I used to be so fed up that I needed to hit him and we needed to be pulled aside by our agent, Will Quinn.


“Martyn’s behaviour confirmed to me that I used to be by no means going to get any help from the membership”

On Martyn Moxon, Head Coach after which later, Director of Cricket.

In 2014, I used to be launched from the Membership by Martyn Moxon over a cellphone name. He indicated to me that this was because of my efficiency. Though I had suffered from YIPS in 2013 (PHB218), this was not a recurring drawback and Martyn himself had confirmed on 24 April 2014 that “I had bought over the YIPS drawback” (PHB221). It was throughout this time in 2012 that I had been consuming, along with Adil Rashid, to try to match into the Membership tradition. On reflection, the fixed racist feedback and “banter” was affecting my psychological state and my efficiency, However I used to be not supplied help from the membership, though folks knew I used to be struggling. It was on this interval I had my first suicidal ideas – and was one evening getting ready to suicide. Although I had bought over the YIPS drawback, I used to be launched from the Membership. I left the Membership disillusioned in 2014.

All through 2017 and 2018, I struggled because of the bullying, focusing on and racism I confronted – to the purpose that, once more, I had suicidal ideas. Regardless of my disclosure Martyn to about this in August 2017, nothing was carried out. Quickly after, I confronted accusations of “faking accidents” and “ruling myself out” of choice by teammates, which meant that senior administration (i.e. Martyn and others) had been overtly discussing my confidential medical information and their assessments of them. I used to be being unnoticed of coaching and video games.

After I returned to the Membership after the bereavement interval which was in or round June 2018, on the primary day, Martyn Moxon pulled me right into a room and began highlighting to me the issues that I had brought on by not chatting with the coach (Andrew Gale) and the captain (Steve Patterson). I truly thought that he was asking to talk to me alone to ask how I used to be and the way the household had been after the trauma that we had endured, however his solely concern was that the coach and captain had complained about me. I attempted to elucidate the state of affairs and the way I had been assured I might play, which is why I had agreed to go and miss a vital medical appointment with my spouse (which was vital in her being pregnant problems) however ended up with twelfth man duties as an alternative. I reiterated that had he not carried out that and had I identified I wasn’t taking part in, I might have been with my spouse at an important medical appointment. However Martyn confirmed me no sympathy and categorically acknowledged that I used to be an issue (see additional under). Martyn’s behaviour confirmed to me that I used to be by no means going to get any help from the membership it doesn’t matter what I went by way of.

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