The chairman of Essex County Cricket Club has resigned following an allegation that he used racist language at a board meeting four years ago. John Faragher, who strongly denies the incident took place, stepped down after a meeting of the Essex board on Thursday evening.
Faragher’s departure comes as cricket starts to come to terms with the wider fallout from the allegations of racism – and a failure to investigate them properly – made during the long-running case of Azeem Rafiq at Yorkshire. Mark Arthur, the Yorkshire chief executive, became the latest person to leave Headingley in the wake of the scandal earlier this week.
Essex County Cricket Club said they do “not tolerate discrimination of any kind and will immediately consider further steps the club must take”.
The newly appointed Essex Cricket 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, during which John Faragher’s resignation was unanimously accepted by the board.
“We are committed to working with the England and 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.”