Essex CCC chairman quits over racism allegation as club announces investigation

Essex chairman John Faragher has stepped down from his role at the club after he was alleged to have used racist language during a board meeting in 2017.

Faragher denies the allegation and the club are investigating why it was not "fully and independently investigated at the time"

In a statement, Essex said: "John Faragher has resigned with immediate effect as Chair of Essex County Cricket Club following a historic allegation of racist language used by him at a Board Meeting in 2017.

"Faragher stepped down following a meeting of the Board on Thursday evening.

"Essex County Cricket Club does not tolerate discrimination of any kind and will immediately consider further steps the Club must take.

"Faragher strongly denies the incident, however the Club will review why it was not fully and independently investigated at the time."

The club's chief executive John Stephenson said: "There is no place for discrimination of any kind at Essex County Cricket Club.

"This is a proud Club with a zero-tolerance policy towards racism and any form of discrimination and, as Essex Cricket’s new Chief Executive Officer, I will not hesitate to uphold those principles and drive out any form of discrimination that is uncovered.

"I was made aware of this single allegation on Thursday having joined the Club four weeks ago.

"The Board met last night [Thursday] during which John Faragher’s resignation was unanimously accepted by the Board.

"We are committed to working with the England & Wales Cricket Board to eradicate discrimination from the game. This is an important first step, but the Club must now act further.

"Our internal reporting mechanisms will be reviewed to ensure that matters such as this are dealt with appropriately and immediately.

"I intend for those next actions to be communicated as soon as possible."

The allegation comes amid the ongoing racism scandal at Yorkshire, with the county admitting that former player Azeem Rafiq suffered racial harassment and bullying during his time there.

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