Yorkshire racism scandal: Martyn Moxon and Andrew Gale among the 16 employees to leave

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Moxon and Gale were criticized by Azeem Rafiq when the former Yorkshire player spoke to MPs

Cricket manager Martyn Moxon, head coach Andrew Gale and all members of the coaching staff are among the 16 people who have left Yorkshire amid the racism scandal.

A report found that former player Azeem Rafiq was the victim of “racial harassment and harassment” in Yorkshire.

Former Gale says he will start a legal fight against the club’s decision to fire him.

“I was shocked by the decision,” he told BBC Sport in a statement.

“The players knew it before I and I would fight the decision legally.”

Gale had been suspended as part of an investigation into a tweet he sent in 2010.

Moxon had been Yorkshire’s cricketing director since 2007.

“A major change is required at the Yorkshire County Cricket Club and we are committed to taking all necessary steps to restore confidence,” said Lord Patel, the club’s new chairman.

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

“Without making major changes in the way we manage, we cannot move from the past to become a progressive and inclusive culture.”

A Yorkshire statement said a new cricket director would be appointed “imminently”.

Moxon, a former Yorkshire and England batsman, was due to appear before MPs on the Select Committee on Digital, Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) on 16 November, but was absent from work due to a “related illness with stress “.

Rafiq, who played for Yorkshire for two seasons between 2008 and 2018, told the committee that racist language was “constantly” used during his time at the club and described English cricket as “institutionally racist.”

At the hearing, Rafiq said that the day after his son died in 2017, Moxon “ripped off his pieces” in a way he had never seen the cricket director use when addressing anyone else. in Yorkshire.

Rafiq detailed his experiences in Yorkshire, which brought him close to death, for the first time in September 2020. After the the conclusions of the report were announced a year later, he originally said Yorkshire no one at the club would be disciplined.

Roger Hutton, the former Yorkshire chairman who resigned in November, said Moxon and former chief executive Mark Arthur “did not accept the gravity of the situation”. Arthur resigned last month.

The Yorkshire commission was widely criticized after it was reportedly found that a racist term on Rafiq’s Pakistani heritage was regularly used while at the club and concluded that it was a “friendly and kind joke”.

Gale has spent his entire career at Yorkshire, first as a player after making his debut in 2004, then as a captain between 2009 and 2016 before ending his playing career at the age of 32 to take over as head coach.

Emotional Rafiq talks to MPs about racism in Yorkshire

Speaking at the DCMS committee hearing, Rafiq said Yorkshire had become “toxic” after Gary Ballance took over as captain, shortly after Gale replaced former coach Jason Gillespie.

Ballance, a former England hitter, admitted to being responsible for some of the offensive terms Rafiq was subjected to during his stay at Headingley.

Rafiq said Gale’s attitude towards the death of Rafiq’s son was that Rafiq “did more than he is” and that “almost no one” questioned the welfare of him and his wife.

Gale was suspended by Yorkshire on 9 November after Jewish News reported that he sent a now deleted tweet containing an anti-Semitic insult to former Leeds United media chief Paul Dews.

“We want to make the Yorkshire County Cricket Club a place for everyone, from all walks of life,” Patel said.

“To do that, we need to rebuild our culture and instill positive values ​​in all members of Yorkshire. We are determined to learn from the mistakes of the past to become a club that people can trust.”

In response to the way Yorkshire handled the claims of Rafiq, the Cricket Board of England and Wales (ECB) he suspended them from organizing parties in England at his home in Headingley.

Former Yorkshire Academy players Irfan Amjad i Tabassum Bhatti they have also shared their experiences of racism at the club.

Thirty-six people contacted the Yorkshire Independent Whistleblower Hotline, set up to allow other victims of discrimination at the club to demonstrate, during its first week of operation.

On Thursday, it was confirmed that Yorkshire will undergo an independent review by the club government.

The ECB has it published a five-point plan designed to address racism and discrimination that includes a “complete overhaul of dressing room culture.”

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