England Essex cricket team fined for racism by official

England’s Essex County cricket team was fined 50,000 pounds ($61,900) on Thursday over a racist comment allegedly made by its then chairman during a meeting of the Board of Directors in 2017.

John Faragher, who quit last year, denied what was described in the indictment as “the use of racist and/or discriminatory terminology”. However, Essex pleaded guilty to the charge as well as failing to conduct an investigation once the allegations were brought to the attention of all council members in January 2018.

Essex must pay 35,000 pounds ($43,300) immediately, while the remaining 15,000 pounds ($18,600) have been suspended for two years. The club was also warned about his future conduct and given a reprimand.

An independent disciplinary committee said in its written reasons that there had still been no internal investigation by Essex, despite attempts by its new chief executive John Stephenson. An independent investigation is now underway as a result.

The panel said Stephenson had been “thwarted” by Essex’s board because he was “crippled by internal divisions”. Stephenson said, according to the panel, the position of some Essex board members “is not compatible with the pursuit of culture change”. PA BS BS

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