Essex cricket club chairman John Faragher quits after allegation he used racist language at board meeting

A SECOND county cricket club boss has resigned amid the racism storm engulfing English cricket.

Essex chairman John Faragher has quit following an allegation he used racist language at a 2017 board meeting.

John Faragher has quit following an allegation he used racist language

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John Faragher has quit following an allegation he used racist languageCredit: PA

Faragher denies the allegations but the club is looking into why it was not fully and independently investigated at the time.

Chief executive John Stephenson said yesterday: “There is no place for discrimination of any kind at Essex County Cricket Club.”

It comes after former Yorkshire player Azeem Rafiq was found by an independent report to have been subject to racial harassment and bullying, but no action was taken.

Yorkshire’s chairman and chief executive resigned in the fallout.

England captain Joe Root, who has spent all of his club career at Yorkshire, demanded change on Thursday, saying events there had “fractured our game and torn lives apart”.

An England and Wales Cricket Board spokesman said it had opened an investigation into Essex after receiving the Faragher allegation.

He added: “The ECB is taking this allegation extremely seriously.”

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