Exclusive: Yorkshire asks redundant staff to help fight ECB accusation of racism

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Yorkshire wrote to staff they made redundant over their race scandal to ask for help Respond to charges against the crisis-hit county.

Telegraph Sport have been told those with whom the club are embroiled in a toxic legal battle over December’s mass cull have been left shaken by their former employer’s plea for help.

A source close to one of those approached said: ‘This is madness, isn’t it, really?

Requests for help have been issued less than a week after charges were finally laid over England cricket’s worst race scandal, Yorkshire and ‘a number of individuals’ facing charges over it charges brought against them by Azeem Rafiq.

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It was followed by a statement from the county which read: “The club will require the cooperation of those in position during this period in order to fully consider and respond to the issues raised.”

Telegraph Sport have been told some of those contacted would be keen to tell their side of the story, but not before their unfair dismissal cases against the county are concluded.

There were concerns that could expose them to charges of refusing to cooperate with a case that would be handled by the Cricket Disciplinary Commission (CDC).

But these were secondary to fears Yorkshire could use their acquiescence against them in employment tribunal proceedings which may not be completed until after CDC hearings scheduled for September or October.

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Yorkshire’s plea also came two weeks after it emerged they had admitted unfair dismissal claims by former head coach Andrew Gale, bowling coach Richard Pyrah, strength coaches and conditioning Ian Fisher and Peter Sim, second XI coach Ian Dews and academy manager Richard Damms. were “well-founded”.

Crisis-hit County agreed their former coaches’ legal action against them in Leeds Employment Tribunal had merit in a consent judgment delivered on May 23, the same day Telegraph Sport revealed the dismissed staff had received “paltry” offers to settle their differences with their former employer.

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Yorkshire’s admission meant they almost certainly had to pay tens of thousands of dollars in compensation to the six former members of their coaching staff who had filed complaints.

However, the legal battle was set to continue over other complaints which could cost the club millions, with the consent order stating: “The appeal and any other complaints are heard unless otherwise resolved.”

Telegraph Sport learned last month that Yorkshire had asked the six complainants to sign deals from just £2,000, although two other laid off staff settled for a combined sum of between £500,000 and £750,000 £.

Yorkshire have been approached for comment.

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