Azeem Rafiq and Andrew Gale among five reprimanded for their social media posts


Azeem Rafiq and Andrew Gale are among five people who have agreed to break the rules with historic social media posts deemed to constitute ‘racist and discriminatory conduct’ by the Cricket Disciplinary Committee.

The CDC has released the decisions of umpire Chris Tickle on the charges brought by the England and Wales Cricket Board, ruling Rafiq, Gale, England batsman Danni Wyatt, Evelyn Jones and Jack Brooks for breaching ECB Code Guideline 3.3 .

All individuals admitted guilt, with the CDC arbitrator issuing a formal reprimand in each case.

Danni Wyatt was also disciplined (PA)

Both Rafiq and Gale have admitted to using offensive terms in unrelated posts that were flagged following the former’s accusations of institutional racism at Yorkshire, which sent shockwaves through the game last year.

Wyatt and Jones both appeared in an Instagram post that featured ‘disguises and blackface’ as well as inappropriate captions, while veteran tailor Somerset Brooks used the term ‘Nigger’ in a pair of tweets involving his friend Tymal Mills.

Rafiq issued an unqualified apology after the disciplinary action was announced.

He tweeted: “This summer I unequivocally accepted an accusation from the ECB regarding my anti-Semitic social media post from 2011. You won’t hear any complaints from me about the CDC’s decision today.

“It is deserved and I fully accept this rebuke. I would like to repeat my apologies to the Jewish community. I remain ashamed and embarrassed. I hope I have demonstrated over the past 10-11 months that I am trying to educate myself about the horrors and prejudices that the Jewish community has historically – and continues – to face.

“I will keep trying and I thank the Jewish community for the forgiveness and kindness shown to me so far.”


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