England’s Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC) has reprimanded five players, including ex-Yorkshire spinner Azeem Rafiq and former head coach Andrew Gale, for their historic social media posts, the country’s Cricket Board (ECB) said in a statement published statement.
Rafiq, who made headlines last year after speaking out against the racism he faced in Yorkshire, apologized for his use of anti-Semitic language in a 2011 Facebook exchange.
Gale, on the other hand, was suspended from the club in November over a tweet in 2010. Gale, who was then Yorkshire captain, pleaded guilty to using an anti-Semitic slur in his tweet. He claimed that he was “completely unaware” of the offensive nature of the term at the time.
England batsman Danni Wyatt, Somerset fast bowler Jack Brooks and Birmingham Phoenix’s Eve Jones were also reprimanded.
“The CDC today released its decisions regarding the ECB’s charges against five former and current professional cricketers,” the ECB statement said on Monday.
“Everyone from Jack Brooks, Andrew Gale, Evelyn Jones, Azeem Rafiq and Danielle Wyatt have admitted their breach of ECB Guideline 3.3.”
BREAKING NEWS: The ECB has announced that five current and former players have been officially reprimanded over historical social media posts which the Cricket Discipline Commission has found racist. pic.twitter.com/OFpXN2kXhW
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) October 10, 2022
In response to the ECB, Rafiq said he had admitted his guilt and said he was embarrassed.
“You will not hear a complaint from me today about the CDC’s decision. It is deserved and I fully accept this reference. I want to reiterate my apologies to the Jewish community,” the 31-year-old wrote on Twitter.
My response to the CDC decision below ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/QBAvkVhgG1
— Azeem Rafiq (@AzeemRafiq30) October 10, 2022
“I hope I’ve shown over the last 10-11 months that I’m trying to educate myself about the horrors and prejudices that the Jewish community has historically.”