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Former cricketer Azeem Rafiq apologizes for anti-Semitic comments he says he made in 2011

Shortly before Rafiq’s apology, a screenshot of posts that appeared to involve Rafiq making anti-Semitic comments ten years ago had been shared. Rafiq, 30, says he made derogatory comments on social media when he was a teenager and is a “different person today.”

Rafiq tweeted Thursday: “I was sent a picture today of this exchange from early 2011. I went back to check my account and it’s me – I have absolutely no excuses.

“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. incredibly angry with myself and I apologize to the Jewish community and anyone who is rightly offended by this.

After an eventful month that brought to light multiple allegations of racism by former YCCC players, Rafiq testified on Tuesday, sharing his Yorkshire experience and broke down on more than one occasion.

“Right from the start there was a lot of ‘You are all sitting over there by the toilet,’ the word ‘P ***’ was used constantly, no one ever deleted it,” Rafiq said.

“All I wanted to do was play cricket. Towards the end of my first spell, but constantly I knew something was wrong. I started taking medication for my mental health. C was really difficult. “

READ: Azeem Rafiq doesn’t want his children to play cricket and ‘suffer’ from racism

Rafiq has made more than 40 allegations against YCCC which he says took place between 2008 and 2018, according to a summary report of an independent investigation conducted on behalf of the club, which noted that in almost all cases he alleged have been the victim of racial harassment or bullying. .

The investigation dismissed some of Rafiq’s allegations, but noted that Rafiq had experienced racial harassment and intimidation during his time at YCCC.


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