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Yorkshire has been docked points and fined £400,000 for the racism incident.

In the 2023 T20 Blast, they have also lost four points.

Yorkshire said that they agreed with the punishments that the Cricket Discipline Commission gave them, which included a £400,000 fine, of which £300,000 was put on hold for two years.

The club had already agreed to four charges that were changed.

Rafiq, a former player for Yorkshire, said that English cricket was “institutionally racist” and that racist words were used “constantly” at the club.

Yorkshire’s chances of getting the second promotion spot in the County Championship are almost over because they lost points right away. They went from sixth place to the bottom of Division Two, 63 points behind second-placed Sussex.

This year’s T20 Blast is over, and Yorkshire is now eighth out of nine teams in the final North Group rankings.

In a statement, Yorkshire said that the CDC and ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) had “acknowledged the vast amount of work done by YCCC to overcome the cultural issues that existed within the club, which allowed racist and discriminatory behavior to go unchallenged.”

“We are responsible for these problems,” the club said. “We accepted four amended charges as part of our ongoing commitment to make sure we can move forward.”

“We’re upset that the points have been taken away from the club, since the players and staff had nothing to do with what happened.

“They worked hard on and off the field to make Yorkshire a club that welcomes everyone and is a reflection of the communities it serves. Now that we know more about what’s going on, we can all look ahead.”

In May, the CDC fined and banned six former Yorkshire players who had used racist words while playing for Yorkshire.

The panel decided “on the balance of probabilities” that Michael Vaughan did not use racist language toward Rafiq.

The ECB suggested a £500,000 fine, of which £350,000 would be put on hold for three years. Points would also be taken away.

Richard Gould, the head of the ECB, said that the punishments given to Yorkshire “mark the end of a thorough disciplinary process.”

He also said, “Racism has no place in our game.” “No one should have to go through what Azeem Rafiq did in cricket, and we thank him again for being brave enough to speak out.”

“Since this meeting, the Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket has released a report that shows how much more our game needs to do to get rid of discrimination and become the sport that everyone wants it to be.

“We know that since Azeem came forward, Yorkshire County Cricket Club has made a lot of progress, first under Lord Patel’s leadership and now under its current management, and is committed to becoming an inclusive club.”

In a written explanation of how they decided on the punishment, the CDC panel said, “The overall wrongdoing in this case must be seen as very serious in both the sports world and society as a whole.”

“It must be made clear to everyone who runs the professional game and plays in it, as well as to everyone who runs cricket and plays elsewhere, that this kind of behavior is completely unacceptable and won’t be tolerated.”

Stephen Vaughan, the chief executive officer of Yorkshire, said in March that the club had a shortfall of £3.5 million and needed to pay back £14.9 million to the Graves Trust, one of its biggest debtors.

Daniel Stilitz KC, a lawyer for the Headingley club, asked the independent CDC panel to take into account the “harm” that Yorkshire has already “suffered.”

In the club’s statement, Yorkshire said “there is still a lot to do,” but they also said they had “made significant investments to put best practice processes and procedures in place.”

They also said, “We look forward to keeping in touch with the ECB to make sure that the financial penalty doesn’t stop us from building on the strong foundations that have already been set.”

“We are still working hard to make sure that YCCC will be around for a long time, which will give everyone involved with Yorkshire Cricket a brighter future.”

Ottis Gibson, the coach of Yorkshire, said, “At least we know where we stand” about the loss of points.

“We still have four games left in the Championship this season,” he said. “That gives us 96 points to play for. The next four games, we’ll try to win. All we want to do is win every game we play.”


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