Azeem Rafiq: “I am ashamed of this exchange and have now deleted it so as not to offend further. I was 19 at the time and I hope and believe that I am a different person today. . ”
Last update: 11/18/21 8:52 PM
Former cricketer Azeem Rafiq – who has exposed a racism scandal in the game – apologized for the anti-Semitic messages he sent to another player in 2011
Azeem Rafiq apologized for making anti-Semitic comments during a message exchange with another cricketer in 2011.
The former Yorkshire player, who has been the main whistleblower in the ongoing review of racism in England’s game, admitted to making the remarks after evidence was revealed by The temperature Thursday.
Rafiq said he was “ashamed of this exchange” with former Warwickshire and Leicestershire player Ateeq Javid,
while saying sorry to the Jewish community “and all those who are rightly offended by this” but insists that he is a different person today.
Rafiq said: “I was sent a picture of this exchange from early 2011 today (Thursday). I went back to check my account and it’s me. I have absolutely no apologies.
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“I am ashamed of this exchange and have now deleted it so as not to offend further. I was 19 at the time and I hope and believe that I am a different person today.
“I am incredibly angry with myself and apologize to the Jewish community and to anyone who is rightly offended by this.”
British Jews’ Council of Deputies Chairwoman Marie Van Der Zyl appeared to accept his apologies, saying: “Rafiq has suffered terribly at the hands of racists in cricket, so he will understand the harm this exchange will cause to Jews who lurk there. ‘argued. .
“His apologies certainly sound sincere and we have no reason to believe that he is not completely sincere.”
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The temperature included a screenshot of the message exchange between Rafiq and former Warwickshire and Leicestershire cricketer Javid, and reported that his “sources believe they are discussing another Asian cricketer, at the time playing for Derbyshire, which they seem to accuse of being reluctant to spend money on a restaurant meal.
Javid was a Warwickshire player at the time of the trade and the county said they were “deeply concerned” about the posts.
Warwickshire President Mark McCafferty said in a statement to the PA News Agency: “We are aware of the messages between Azeem Rafiq and former Warwickshire player Ateeq Javid in 2011.
“Warwickshire CCC are deeply concerned about the comments that have been used in this reported exchange. Although Ateeq left Warwickshire in 2017, he still has a strong connection to the club and within our local community.
“We have spoken briefly with Ateeq already and will have a more detailed conversation to understand the nature of the exchange and how he or someone else in Warwickshire got involved.
“Warwickshire CCC is determined to reflect the communities we serve at all levels, with Edgbaston being a safe and welcoming place for all. We will not let anything that has happened at the club, past or present, interfere with that. “
On Tuesday, during his testimony to the DCMS Select Committee on Racism at the Yorkshire CCC, an emotional Rafiq insisted that “racism is no joke” but also admitted that it “was not not perfect “himself during his career.
Counties set to meet after storm of racism
On Friday, the presidents of the 18 first-class counties will meet with representatives from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the Professional Cricketers’ Association to discuss equality, diversity and inclusion in the English game.
First-class counties urged to sign 12-point action plan to improve the situation in the game after Rafiq testified on Tuesday before the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) committee .
There is a feeling that some countries are lagging far behind in terms of action plans for children and the persistent lack of diversity within coaching teams and boards that needs to improve quickly.
Counties that do not meet certain expectations under the 12-point plan risk seeing their ECB funding cut. It is understood that the role of the President of the ECB and the position of Tom Harrison, the Managing Director, will not be discussed during the meeting at the Oval.