EXCLUSIVE: Yorkshire County Cricket Club accused of using racist terminology by ex-employee – with Asian players referred to as ‘taxi drivers’ and ‘takeaway workers’
- A former employee has accused Yorkshire County Cricket Club of discrimination
- Within the charitable arm of the club, Asians were called ‘taxi drivers’
- Yorkshire previously had to apologise due to a scandal involving Azeem Rafiq
A former employee of Yorkshire has accused the county cricket club of using racist terminology about Asian cricketers in the local community.
Taj Butt, who worked for the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation — the charitable arm of the club — from 2014 to 2017, told Sportsmail: ‘Within the organisation I found it very stereotypical and, in some extreme cases, racist as well.
‘When it came to development of cricket within the Asian community, they specifically asked me to organise cricket programmes for “taxi drivers” and “takeaway workers”.
Yorkshire County Cricket Club have been accused of racism within their charity foundation
‘They didn’t think there was anything wrong with calling (Asian players) “Steve”, “taxi drivers” or “takeaway workers”.
‘They thought that was perfectly normal. I definitely suffered institutional racism there.’
Butt’s claims come in the wake of the Azeem Rafiq racism scandal at Yorkshire who, after commissioning an independent report, have apologised for ‘inappropriate behaviour’.
The club have previously had to apologise and are again accused of discriminatory behaviour
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