Daily Mail

Record £3m losses leave Yorkshire on the brink


YoRKSHIRE are set to announce record financial losses of around £3million with the club at risk of entering administra­tion. the dire financial results will reveal the full cost of Yorkshire’s handling of Azeem Rafiq’s racism allegation­s, with the club facing a compensati­on bill for former staff of almost £2m and incurring legal fees of several hundred thousand pounds. the ECB’s disciplina­ry hearing triggered by Rafiq’s allegation­s begins today and could see Yorkshire given a heavy fine, which they would struggle to pay. the club have pleaded guilty to four charges relating to their failure to tackle the use of racist language and a further major financial hit from the ECB would bring their 160-year existence into question. Yorkshire’s handling of Rafiq’s complaints of suffering racist bullying, which they had been contesting at an employment tribunal, changed abruptly following the appointmen­t of Lord Patel as chairman on November 5, 2021. Just three days later, he confirmed that he had agreed a £200,000 financial settlement with Rafiq, despite admitting to not having read the independen­t report into his allegation­s. the following month, he sacked Yorkshire’s entire coaching and medical staff despite the fact that many of them had never met Rafiq. the club subsequent­ly admitted liability to claims for unfair dismissal, with the total cost in pay-offs agreed to date around £1.9m. As well as their current losses, they have £14.9m of debts owed to the Colin Graves trust, which they are trying to refinance ahead of a £3m repayment due later this year. Yorkshire’s dire financial position may lead to them receiving more lenient treatment from the ECB, who will not want the game’s most successful county to go bust. Removing internatio­nal status from Headingley would condemn Yorkshire to bankruptcy, so they could escape with a small fine and a points deduction this summer.

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