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Yorkshire County Cricket Club has been dealt a blow with a 48-point deduction from the 2023 County Championship and a £400,000 fine, of which £300,000 is suspended for two years, due to

their mishandling of the Azeem Rafiq racism scandal.

The club has also incurred a four-point deduction in the 2023 T20 Blast. This follows allegations made by former Yorkshire player Azeem Rafiq, who accused English cricket of being "institutionally racist" and revealed that racist language was commonplace at the club.

Yorkshire has accepted the sanctions imposed by the Cricket Discipline Commission and had previously admitted four amended charges. They have made efforts to address the cultural issues that allowed discriminatory behavior to persist.

The club expressed disappointment at the points deductions, as it affects players and staff who were not involved in the situation. Yorkshire has been working diligently to create an inclusive and welcoming club that represents the communities it serves.

ECB chief executive Richard Gould emphasized that racism has no place in cricket, and the penalties handed down by the Cricket Discipline Commission mark the end of a thorough disciplinary process. The ECB thanked Azeem Rafiq for his courage in speaking out and acknowledged the need for the game to combat discrimination and become more inclusive.

Earlier in May, the CDC sanctioned six former Yorkshire players for using racist language, with fines and bans being imposed. Former England captain Michael Vaughan was cleared of using racist language towards Rafiq. The ECB had recommended a £500,000 fine, with £350,000 suspended for three years, as well as points deductions.

Yorkshire's chief executive, Stephen Vaughan, had revealed the club's financial challenges, including a £3.5 million shortfall and a debt of £14.9 million to the Graves Trust.

The immediate points deduction in the County Championship significantly impacts Yorkshire's chances of securing the second promotion place, pushing them from sixth to the bottom of Division Two, 63 points behind second-placed Sussex.

Despite the setback, the club remains focused on their efforts to secure Yorkshire County Cricket Club's sustainability and work towards a brighter future. Coach Ottis Gibson vowed to give their best in the remaining Championship games, aiming to win every match. Photo by Wikimedia commons.