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Yorkshire racism row: David Lloyd apologises to Azeem Rafiq, Sky Sports to investigate comments

Following former Yorkshire cricketer Azeem Rafiq’s testimony to the Digital, Tradition, Media & Sport (DCMS) Committee in parliament on Tuesday concerning the institutional racism prevalent on the membership, Prime Minister Boris Johnson referred to as on cricket authorities to take “quick motion”.

Commentator David Lloyd took to Twitter to apologise after he was accused of constructing disparaging feedback, whereas broadcasters Sky Sports activities stated they’d be investigating his feedback. In the meantime, England’s white-ball specialist Alex Hales denied calling his canine Kevin had something to do with the title gaining notoriety as a ‘racist slur. Rafiq had earlier this month accused former England skipper Michael Vaughan of telling a bunch of Yorkshire gamers of Asian ethnicity, together with him, that there are “too a lot of your lot” in 2009.

PM steps in

Following the over-three-hour DCMS Committee assembly, Prime Minister Johnson tweeted: “Courageous testimony from Azeem Rafiq. I commend him for talking out. “There is no such thing as a excuse for racism wherever in society and we anticipate @EnglandCricket and @YorkshireCCC to take quick motion in response to those allegations.”

In line with The Telegraph, the UK authorities will “intently scrutinise” what actions are being taken henceforth relating to this racism scandal.

Remorse motion: Lloyd

Rafiq accused the previous England coach of being a “closet racist” who would use his excessive place of being a well-standing analyst to “smear” him. Lloyd’s place at Sky Sports activities is in jeopardy now.

“Sky is dedicated to actively championing inclusion in cricket – and in all sports activities – and opposing all types of discrimination. We will likely be investigating the feedback attributed to David Lloyd in right this moment’s choose committee listening to,” Sky Sports activities stated in an announcement.

Lloyd wrote on his Twitter deal with: “In October 2020, I had a non-public message trade with a 3rd occasion concerned in cricket, about a variety of subjects. In these messages, I referred to allegations about Azeem Rafiq, which I had heard from inside the sport. I additionally made some feedback concerning the Asian cricket neighborhood. I deeply remorse my actions, and I apologise most sincerely to Azeem and to the Asian cricket neighborhood for doing this, and for any offence brought on.”

Proof harrowing: Hales

Rafiq stated that former England batsman Gary Ballance would name everybody of color ‘Kevin’ and former England participant Alex Hales bought a black Doberman canine and named it ‘Kevin.’

“I categorically and completely deny there was any racial connotation within the naming of my canine,” Hales stated on Wednesday in an announcement. “I totally respect and have large sympathy for each the stance Azeem Rafiq has taken and what he has needed to endure. His proof was harrowing. There is no such thing as a place for racism or discrimination of any variety in cricket and I’ll gladly co-operate with any investigation the sport’s authorities select to carry.”

Ballance within the dock

Rafiq’s former teammate Ballance had defined in an announcement on the County membership’s web site final week that he had used a racial slur – Paki – to handle Rafiq, however asserted it was all part of “banter between associates.”

After an preliminary investigation revealed that there was motive for Rafiq to really feel harassed, a panel determined to take no motion as all feedback have been deemed ‘pleasant banter,’ which brought on an uproar.

In his testimony on Tuesday although, Rafiq revealed that Ballance used to go overboard along with his use of racial slurs. In line with The Telegraph, Rafiq additionally claimed that Ballance would name “everybody of color” Kevin.

There was additionally the accusation that Ballance used leisure medication, and Yorkshire helped the participant cowl up by letting him skip drug exams. Ballance, in keeping with The Telegraph, denied this.

Bresnan says sorry

The previous England all-rounder, in keeping with Rafiq’s testimony, “regularly made racist feedback.”

Bresnan later took to Twitter to apologise for the bullying Rafiq skilled, however categorically denied the claims of utilizing racist feedback.

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