Yorkshire County Cricket Club Announces Departure of All Coaching Staff Following Azeem Rafiq Racism Scandal

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Yorkshire cricket director Martyn Moxon and head coach Andrew Gale are among 16 staff who have left the club following allegations of racism made by former player Azeem Rafiq.

The total includes the entire club coaching staff.

A new manager will be appointed in the coming days and a new coaching team is being recruited, Yorkshire said.

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Key moments from Azeem Rafiq’s racism hearing

Lord Patel, Chairman of Yorkshire, said: “Significant change is needed at Yorkshire County Cricket Club and we are committed to taking all necessary steps to regain confidence.

“The decisions announced today were difficult to make, but are in the best interests of the club.

“Without making significant changes to the way we operate, we cannot leave the past to become a progressive and inclusive culture. “

He said Yorkshire was “determined to learn from the mistakes of the past”.

“We have a huge reconstruction work to do, but we are convinced that this signals a step forward towards a better future,” he added.

Six members of the back office medical team provided by the Pavilion Physiotherapy Clinic are also leaving, and interim replacements are being appointed.

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November: “We need a total cleaning”

Mr Moxon had been fired from work due to a stress-related illness and had been called to resign by many, including Rafiq.

Mr Gale had been suspended for a “historic tweet” since November 9 “pending a disciplinary hearing” after reports he used an anti-Semitic word on Twitter 11 years ago.

Their departures follow those of club president Roger Hutton, who resigned on November 5, and general manager Mark Arthur, who resigned a week later.

Last month Rafiq testified before MPs saying he felt “isolated, sometimes humiliated” because of the bombardment of racism he suffered and the “constant uses of the word p ***” during his time at the club.

He said he and others of Asian descent had endured comments such as “you sit there by the toilet” and “elephant washers”, adding that “there appeared to be an acceptance Of racism in the institution.

Two weeks ago he told Sky News a ‘total dump’ of the club is needed, calling for the entire management team to leave – and a month ago he said it would be impossible for the team to move forward with Mr. Moxton. and Mr. Gale.

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