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Michael Vaughan breaks his silence amid Azeem Rafiq allegations

Rafiq mentioned he began treatment as a consequence of his deteriorating psychological well being and left Yorkshire for the primary time in 2014. When he returned he initially felt settled beneath captain Alex Lees and coach Jason Gillespie.

‘Jason left in 2016 and it simply felt the temperature within the room had been turned up,’ Rafiq mentioned. ‘You had Andrew Gale coming in as coach and Gary Ballance as captain. For the primary time I began to see for what it was – I felt remoted, humiliated at instances. Constant use of the phrase ‘P***’.’

Rafiq mentioned on a 2017 pre-season tour Ballance had racially abused him. ‘We had been in a spot and Gary Ballance walks over and goes, ‘Why are you speaking to him? You know he is a P***’. This occurred in entrance of team-mates. It occurred in entrance of teaching workers.’

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

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Gary Ballance  (pictured taking part in for England in opposition to South Africa in July 2017) is among the many cricket stars accused of being racist between 2008 and 2018 by Rafiq

He added: ‘He would continuously speak right down to me and make racist jokes, designed to undermine me and make me really feel small, like developing and interrupting once I was speaking to women in a membership, saying ‘do not speak to him, he is a P***’. I bear in mind crying exterior a nightclub after his fixed racist taunting.

‘On these bus journeys, he would look out for nook retailers and make feedback like ‘does your dad personal these?’ Gary would typically make feedback like this on YCCC [Yorkshire County Cricket Club] bus journeys, within the dressing room, or at occasions — and in entrance of YCCC coaches, workers and administration, together with our coach, Andrew Gale, [the coach] Richard Pyrah, director of cricket Martyn Moxon, and membership president Dickie Bird. But nothing was mentioned or finished to cease it. Instead, they typically laughed alongside.’

Ballance admitted utilizing a ‘racial slur’ in the direction of Rafiq in a prolonged assertion this month, apologising however framing it as a part of their friendship. Rafiq informed the committee that was not an correct depiction of their relationship, saying it went downhill from 2013 onwards and had turn into poisonous by 2017.

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Rafiq additionally alleged former England batter Alex Hales was concerned, saying: ‘Gary and Alex Hales bought actually shut to one another after they performed for England collectively. I wasn’t current in that dressing room, however what I perceive (is) that Alex went on to call his canine ‘Kevin’ as a result of it was black. It’s disgusting how a lot of a joke it was.’

Alex Hales pictured with ex-girlfriend Danni Gisbourne, who dumped him over claims he had been unfaithful on a cricket tour

Alex Hales pictured with ex-girlfriend Danni Gisbourne, who dumped him over claims he had been untrue on a cricket tour

Asked about Vaughan, Rafiq mentioned: ‘Michael may not bear in mind it… three of us, Adil, myself and Rana bear in mind it.

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‘He clearly had a snippet of my assertion. He used his platform on the Daily Telegraph to inform everybody he hadn’t mentioned these items. To go on and put a snippet of my assertion out and discuss different issues, I assumed was fully fallacious. He most likely does not bear in mind it as a result of it doesn’t suggest something to him.’

Rafiq make claims over the previous England participant’s behaviour on the membership, saying he was amongst ‘six or seven’ gamers to have made a bullying criticism in opposition to the star in 2017. But he added that he was the one a type of gamers who was of color.

He mentioned: ‘Tim is Andrew’s [Gale’s] brother-in-law. They all the time supported one another. Tim would tag alongside and take part with Andrew’s racist feedback they usually bounced off one another when it comes to the bullying. As with Andrew, Tim continuously made racist feedback and was unduly harsh in the direction of me in comparison with white British gamers, which turned so insufferable that I made a proper criticism in opposition to him in 2017.’

Rafiq mentioned: ‘It was Hoggy who began calling me ‘Raffa the Kaffir’. It was solely later I realised what ‘Kaffir’ meant, the way it was used, and that it was a racist time period. Comments from Hoggy in the direction of myself and the opposite Asian gamers — Adil, Ajmal and Rana — had been fixed.

‘He may need thought it was simply dressing room banter, however we’d are available 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***’. Rafiq mentioned Matthew Hoggard apologised to him after watching him being interviewed about his expertise at Yorkshire.

He mentioned: ‘I took a cellphone name from Matthew and he simply mentioned, ‘Look, I did not realise, I’m actually sorry. If among the feedback I made made you’re feeling the way in which you’ve got described it, I simply wish to apologise’. You know what, when somebody does that, I used to be like, ‘Thank you, I actually recognize it’.’

Rafiq also made claims over Tim Bresnan's (pictured) 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 (pictured) had apologised to him after watching him being interviewed about his experience at Yorkshire

Rafiq additionally made claims over Tim Bresnan’s (left) behaviour on the membership, saying he was amongst ‘six or seven’ gamers to have made a bullying criticism in opposition to the star in 2017. Rafiq mentioned Matthew Hoggard (proper) had apologised to him after watching him being interviewed about his expertise at Yorkshire

Rafiq mentioned he discovered it ‘hurtful’ England captain Root mentioned he had by no means witnessed something of a racist nature at Yorkshire. ‘Rooty is an efficient man. He by no means engaged in racist language,’ Rafiq mentioned.

‘I discovered it hurtful as a result of Rooty was Gary (Ballance)’s housemate and had been concerned in plenty of the socialising the place I used to be known as a ‘P***’. It reveals how regular it was that even a great man like him does not see it for what it was. It’s not going to have an effect on Joe, however it’s one thing I bear in mind day by day.’

Rafiq claimed: ‘There had been denial, briefings, cover-ups, smearing, high-profile media folks messaging different members of the media who supported me saying stuff like ‘the clubhouse is the lifeblood of a membership and Asian gamers do not go in there’, and ‘getting subs out of Asian gamers is like getting blood out of a stone’.

‘And then personally, this man does not even know me, has by no means spent any time with me, speaking about my private consuming, going out and socialising. That was David Lloyd, he is been an England coach, commentator and I discovered it disturbing. Within every week of me talking out that is what I bought despatched to me, and I assumed, ‘God, there’s some closet racists and we have to do one thing about it’.’

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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

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