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Rafiq set to leave England after abuse and intimidation: report

By October 14, 2022Sports games

Azeem Rafiq, whose allegations of racism in Yorkshire have led to a series of sports culture scrutiny, is leaving England to protect his family from abuse and bullying.

In 2020, the 31-year-old opened up about a ‘racist institutional culture’ in Yorkshire, including by former England players.

The cricketer, whose family moved to the UK from Pakistan after a business partner of his father was murdered following a failed kidnapping attempt, is facing abuse and threats, reported the ‘Cricketer.com’.

”Rafiq has received a series of threats both online and in person lately and in one case, captured by CCTV earlier this month, an individual was seen defecating in the garden of the house where live his parents. In another, a masked intruder was seen lurking outside the property,’ the report said.

Rafiq’s father suffers from an illness and constantly needs an oxygen tank.

Rafiq and four others were recently reprimanded by England’s Cricket Disciplinary Board for using “anti-Semitic language” on social media in 2011.

Accepting the reprimand, Rafiq apologized to the Jewish community and said he was embarrassed.

Rafiq was the whistleblower in the Yorkshire racism scandal – he first spoke about it in September 2020.

He then gave evidence to a group of MPs and said he was ‘close to taking his own life’ for the ‘toxic’ atmosphere in the dressing room when Gary Ballance was named skipper during his second stint at the club.

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