MPs to grill Professional Cricketers Association over ‘inept’ support of Azeem Rafiq
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport panel, which heard Rafiq’s testimony in November about his experiences of racial harassment and bullying at Headingley, will hold a follow-up hearing with the players’ union next week .
The hearing will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday and will involve APC President James Harris and Vice President Anuj Dal, who will testify, alongside other witnesses Rob Lynch, who is the chief executive of the ‘APC, and Julian Metherell, non-executive chairman of the APC.
A spokesperson for the committee said: “The committee should question the PCA about the support it provided to Azeem Rafiq when he accused Yorkshire County Cricket Club of racial harassment and intimidation – support which it called it “incredibly inept”.
“The union’s involvement in the ECB’s 12-point plan to tackle racism in sport can be explored. This plan followed the report of the Committee on Racism in Cricket which recommended that funding for cricket should be contingent on progress being made in the fight against racism.
A second panel on the same day will address football governance with MPs expected to investigate the Professional Footballers’ Association’s policy towards footballers accused of sexual assault and their attitude towards accused players joining the teams.
This follows a recent controversy over Raith Rovers signing David Goodwillie, who was found guilty by a judge in a civil case in 2017 of raping a woman.
Also on the agenda is the fan review of football governance, the slowing growth of women’s football and the committee’s previous report on concussions in sport. with PFA chief executive Maheta Molango and chairman Geoff Thompson due to testify.
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