Yorkshire CEO Mark Arthur resigns amid Azeem Rafiq racism scandal

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Former Yorkshire CEO Mark Arthur.

Mark Arthur has left his position at Yorkshire (Picture: Yorkshire CCC)

Yorkshire’s Chief Executive Officer Mark Arthur has announced his resignation with immediate effect.

The club has been embroiled in controversy in recent weeks after a report found that former Yorkshire player Azeem Rafiq was the victim of ‘racial harassment and bullying’ at the club.

Current Yorkshire batter Gary Ballance was among the players to be named in the report, with the England international admitting to using a racial slur towards Rafiq.

As a result of the findings, Yorkshire have been suspended from hosting international matches ‘until it has clearly demonstrated that it can meet the standards expected’, while a whole host of sponsors have also ended their deals with the county.

In a statement, Arthur said: ‘I’ve had eight fantastic years at The Yorkshire County Cricket Club, working alongside an outstanding group of people, and together achieving many highlights.’

‘I would like to thank the members for their support over this period and wish the Club all the very best in the years to come.’

LEEDS, ENGLAND - APRIL 02: Azeem Rafiq of Yorkshire poses for a portrait during the Yorkshire CCC Media Day at Headingley on April 2, 2018 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Azeem Rafiq was the victim of ‘racial harassment and bullying’ at Yorkshire (Picture: Getty)

Meanwhile, the chairman of Yorkshire, Professor The Lord Patel of Bradford, said: ‘Today the Board at Yorkshire County Cricket Club has accepted the resignation of Mark Arthur as CEO. We thank him for his tenure.

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‘This is an important moment for the Club which is ready to move forward with new leadership, which will be vital in driving the change we urgently need.

‘We know there is still much work to be done and more difficult decisions to be made. We need to rebuild the trust of the fans, the cricketing world and the public.’


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