Racism goal cricketer Rafiq apologises for anti-Semitic messages

Azeem Rafiq, a former English cricketer who this week stated he had misplaced his profession to racism, admitted Thursday he had despatched anti-Semitic messages as a teen.

The Instances newspaper uncovered messages despatched to former Warwickshire and Leicestershire participant Ateeq Javid, wherein Rafiq is seen to make disparaging feedback about an unnamed Jewish particular person.

Rafiq, tweeting about these remarks on Thursday, stated: “I’ve gone again to examine my account and it’s me — I’ve completely no excuses.

“I’m ashamed of this alternate and have now deleted it in order to not trigger additional offence,” the 30-year-old Pakistan-born cricketer added.

“I used to be 19 on the time and I hope and imagine I’m a distinct particular person at the moment. I’m extremely offended at myself and I apologise to the Jewish group and everybody who’s rightly offended by this.”

Rafiq, a Muslim, was broadly praised for giving a disturbing account of the racism he suffered throughout two spells with Yorkshire to a parliamentary committee on Tuesday having beforehand stated the abuse had led him to ponder taking his personal life.

The previous off-spinner, whose case has led to additional revelations at different county golf equipment, later stated he anticipated the “floodgates” to open in a disaster that threatens to engulf English cricket.

Rafiq informed the committee: “Do I imagine I misplaced my profession to racism? Sure, I do.”

He additionally talked about quite a lot of former teammates, together with ex-England internationals Matthew Hoggard, Tim Bresnan and Gary Ballance, the latter nonetheless at Yorkshire, had used racial slurs in the direction of him.

The fallout for Yorkshire over the scandal has been devastating, with sponsors making a mass exodus, resignations from high directors and the membership suspended from internet hosting profitable worldwide matches.

However Rafiq warned that the county couldn’t transfer ahead till head coach Andrew Gale and director of cricket Martyn Moxon had left the Headingley-based membership.

Gale is himself at present suspended pending investigations over a historic anti-Semitic tweet, with former England batsman Moxon signed off with a stress-related sickness.

Rafiq accused Gale of fixed racial abuse and Moxon of systematic bullying.


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