England All-rounder Moeen Ali has now come out in support of Azeem Rafiq and believes that there are more stories of similar incidents. He said that players have to think about what they can and cannot say to others. Moeen, who recently retired from the England Test cricket team believes the emergence of such stories “will bring changes” to the sport.
Mooen Ali was born in Birmingham and is of Pakistan heritage cited that Azeem Rafiq has nothing to gain by revealing such incidents from the past. “He wants change and that’s what he is pushing for”
Yorkshire will not take any disiciplinary action against former players
The county conducted an independent investigation in September 2020 and has recently laid out its findings where it states that while Azeem was the victim of the racism, no disciplinary action will be taken against the players who did it. Roger Hutton, the Yorkshire chairman issued an apology to Azeem last month.
In response to statement from the county, Raifiq posted on social media “Wow just when you think this club couldn’t get more embarrassing you find a way.”.
Former Pakistani Player Naved Ul Hasan confirmed being a witness to the racial slur. Rana, in conversation to the private news channel, confirmed that he heard racial slurs from Micheal Vaughan.
Moeen is of the view that such words should not be used against anyone as someone may be Ok with them and some not. The county has faced criticism and has not only been suspended from hosting England matches but has also lost a lot of sponsors.
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