Muslim girl ‘forced to wear shorts’ at Yorkshire despite religious beliefs

A Muslim girl was allegedly forced to wear shorts while playing for Yorkshire CCC despite it being against her religious beliefs.

According to The Daily Mail, a member of one of the club’s girls’ teams wanted to wear tracksuit bottoms to cover her legs, but the request was denied.

A coach told to her wear shorts and proceeded to point out another Muslim girl on the field who was wearing them.

The alleged incident was unearthed in a report investigating Yorkshire, which also highlighted incidents of witnesses hearing jokes and comments about Ramadan.

A club spokesperson said: “It is essential that those who have experienced racism, discrimination and abuse are able to come forward to share their experiences.

“The club’s new chair, Lord Patel, has outlined a number of actions to right the wrongs of the past and make sure that the club is inclusive for all.”

The latest discrimination claims come after Azeem Rafiq was found to have been a victim of racial abuse while playing for Yorkshire.

In two separate spells at the side between 2008 and 2018, the cricketer was repeatedly referred to as a P*** by a teammate.

The announcement prompted outrage and led to the departure of chairman Roger Hutton, and on Monday his replacement, Lord Kamlesh Patel, apologised publicly to Rafiq and confirmed a settlement had been reached. The new agreement is void of a non-disclosure clause, which the former player had previously been asked to adhere to.

The spin bowler issued a heartfelt statement after settling his employment tribunal with Yorkshire.

“I want to thank my family, the public, politicians, the media and the many players and coaches who have supported me both publicly and privately", said Rafiq.

“You have given me strength to get through the bad times, of which there have been too many since I first spoke about my experiences.

“I also want to thank Lord Patel for making the offer and sorting this out within 72 hours of his appointment.

“It should not have taken the rest of the club a year to realise I would not be silenced through an NDA."

Lord Patel, the county cricket side's new chairman, has paid tribute to Rafiq 's "bravery in speaking out" over the racism and bullying allegations which have rocked the club and the wider sport.

Patel has vowed to "regain trust and rebuild relationships", and hailed Rafiq's decision to come forward and shine a light on the situation and has now publicly apologised to the 30-year-old.

"We're sorry for what you and your family have experienced and the way in which we've handled this," he said.

"I thank Azeem for his bravery in speaking out. Let me be clear from the outset, racism or discrimination in any form is not banter."

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