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MPs slate top cricket club over race report

Melanie Phillips and Layla Moran clash in racism debate

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Rafiq, 30 – who had two spells at YCCC between 2008 and 2018 – claimed last year that “institutional racism” left him close to taking his life. Last month YCCC said their probe upheld several of his allegations and agreed that he was the victim of “inappropriate behaviour”. The club issued “profound apologies” but Rafiq hit back, saying the little-known findings of the report are “difficult to understand”.

Now MPs on the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee have told YCCC to publish their report “immediately”.

Committee chair Julian Knight said: “We are very surprised this report has not been published, given the seriousness of the allegations of racism which span more than a decade and the fact it has taken three years to reach this point.

“Given that YCCC said that several allegations had been upheld, and that Azeem Rafiq had been a victim of inappropriate behaviour, it is crucial that the process, the report and its full findings are open to scrutiny. He deserves no less.”

YCCC said they aim to “publish as much of the report and recommendations as we are able…in the coming weeks”.

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