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Essex are handed a £50,000 fine after cricket club pleaded guilty to historic racism charges

Essex are handed a £50,000 fine after pleading guilty to historic racism charges… but worse could follow with more racial abuse allegations made by three former players yet to be published in a report

  • Essex were fined £50,000 after pleading guilty to historic racism allegations
  • The fine comes after Essex accepted their chairman John Faragher made a racist remark at a board meeting in 2017 and that they had failed to investigate it
  • Faragher has denied using the expression ‘n***** in the woodpile’ 

Essex were fined £50,000 on Thursday after pleading guilty to historic racism allegations but still have a considerable cloud hanging over them.

The fine, which was revealed by Sportsmail last month, came after Essex accepted their chairman John Faragher made a racist remark at a board meeting in 2017 and that they had failed to investigate it. 

Faragher denies using the expression ‘n***** in the woodpile.’ The club have been cautioned over their future conduct and issued with a reprimand but £15,000 of the fine is suspended for two years.

Essex have been fined £50,000 after pleading guilty to historic racism allegations

The fine comes after Essex accepted their chairman John Faragher made a racist remark at a board meeting in 2017 and that they had failed to investigate it. Faragher denies using the expression 'n***** in the woodpile'

The fine comes after Essex accepted their chairman John Faragher made a racist remark at a board meeting in 2017 and that they had failed to investigate it. Faragher denies using the expression ‘n***** in the woodpile’ 

Sportsmail reported that whistle-blower Wasim Haq, who made the allegation over Faragher, and his supporter Paul Harvey had been forced to resign from the Essex board over the affair and they were joined in quitting by Faragher supporters Nigel Hilliard, Mike Smith and Ian Patterson, along with club president David Acfield.

But worse could follow for Essex when the Newton Report into the affair, commissioned by the club, reports on allegations made by three players, Maurice Chambers, Zoheb Sharif and Jahid Ahmed that they suffered racial abuse during their time at Chelmsford.

Sportsmail understands a former Essex coach and captain are implicated in the much-delayed report, which also contains strong criticism of the ECB’s role in the affair.

Wasim Haq (pictured) had reported Faragher for making a racist comment at a board meeting

Wasim Haq (pictured) had reported Faragher for making a racist comment at a board meeting



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