Azeem Rafiq fish and chips customer “threatened to detonate a BOMB”
An enraged visitor to Azeem Rafiq’s fish and chips in Barnsley reportedly threatened to detonate a bomb to detonate the place.
The former Yorkshire all-rounder has been the whistleblower for England’s racism issues and Rafiq testified before a parliamentary committee on Tuesday.
George Dobell, the reporter who worked with Rafiq to originally publish his racism allegations, said: “He had one on Friday when someone walked into his fish and chips and said he was going to blow up a bomb.
“He supports a lot but he won.
Azeem Rafiq was reportedly subjected to a bomb threat from a customer at his Barnsley fish and chips last week, before testifying before a parliamentary committee on racism in cricket
The report adds that Rafiq was mistreated “face to face” by the individual accused of launching a bomb threat.
South Yorkshire Police have reportedly opened an investigation with the Star of Sheffield revealing that threats had been made to the store around 6 p.m.
In a statement released by The Sheffield Star, Acting Barnsley District Chief Inspector of South Yorkshire Police, Rebecca Richardson, said: “We take all allegations of this nature very seriously and make every effort to identify the offender in this case, who is treated as racist aggravated public order.
“If anyone has seen or heard anything that could help with this investigation, please contact us.”
Rafiq, 30, laid bare the heartbreaking abuse and bullying he claims he suffered while playing at Yorkshire
Rafiq addressed the deputies of the select committee of the Department of digital, culture, media and sports on Tuesday.
In his testimony, he claimed that Asian players at Yorkshire County Cricket Club were ordered to “sit by the toilet”, known as “P ** is” and “elephant washers”.
Rafiq’s allegations of institutionalized racism completely rocked the sport.
He now believes that the floodgates have opened on the cricket racism scandal and that thousands of victims will follow his example by sharing their experiences of discrimination.
More than 1,000 people have already responded to a call for testimony, as the Independent Commission for Fairness in Cricket is inundated with complaints about its new reporting system from those who have experienced prejudice.
“It’s going to run into the hundreds and thousands,” Rafiq said, as cricket began to accept the fallout from the former Yorkshire out-son’s powerful testimony to MPs at a select committee hearing on the digital, culture, media and sport.
“I think it will be a bit of ‘sluices’ and that many victims of abuse will come forward,” he added.
Yorkshire has already opened a whistleblower hotline and Essex, the second county to be hit by serious allegations of racist behavior by players, a coach and their former chairman John Faragher, is expected to follow suit.
Anyone with information about the incident reported in the chip shop should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 and quote incident number 762 from 12 November.