Racism in Yorkshire County

Cricket in Yorkshire is central to many people's lives. They believe in it like little else on earth.

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Racism in Yorkshire County

And while racist attitudes linger in a small but by no means inconsequential minority (in what area of life do they not?), the majority of fans feel badly let down.

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Racism in Yorkshire County

They had believed these dog days belonged in the past. Many are beside themselves with frustration at the incompetent handling of this affair:

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Racism in Yorkshire County

firstly, dismissive and inactive as senior figures failed to see the big picture, blinded as they were by the simple fact that they regarded Rafiq as a bit of a trouble-maker;

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Racism in Yorkshire County

then secretive, disunited and unpersuasive as they were forced into an investigation against their will and utterly mishandled what,

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Racism in Yorkshire County

driven forward by the new-departed chairman Roger Hutton, became a well-meant but misconceived response.

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Racism in Yorkshire County

"Banter" in Yorkshire can be savage and becomes part of the daily routine from childhood, but racism,

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Racism in Yorkshire County

not to say sexism and homophobia, must be regarded with zero tolerance, and Rafiq's whistleblowing has made it clear that Yorkshire have failed to address it.

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