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Azeem Rafiq considers leaving the hometown he loves after telling ‘annoying truth’

Azeem Rafiq has received several threats after speaking out about racism in cricket and revealing the abuse has made his family want to leave their hometown of Barnsley

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Azeem Rafiq: Racism is no joke

Azeem Rafiq has revealed that he “may have no choice but to leave his hometown of Barnsley after talking about the racism he experienced during his time at Yorkshire.

Rafiq, who was born in Pakistan, moved to Barnsley as a child and made the town his home.

However, after blowing the whistle about the racist abuse he suffered in Yorkshire, Rafiq received numerous threats to his safety.

Rafiq and his family run a fish and chip shop in town and it has reported last year that a thug threatened to blow up the store – with the disturbing incident reported to the police.







Azeem Rafiq has received several threats after speaking out about racism in cricket
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Due to threats against him, Rafiq has said his family wants him to sell the store and move out of Barnsley.

“I don’t feel like I can walk into my own store and feel safe,” he said Times. “I love Barnsley. I’m a mix of Karachi and Barnsley – born there but I’ve spent more of my life here.

“I’ve had support but it’s painful to be in a position where I’m thinking about leaving because I’ve been talking about things that have happened to me and people just can’t accept it. Upsetting truth. “

He added: “Just an idiot. My family is worried. I leave the house and I worry for them. They want me to leave and I may have no other choice. I hope everything goes. not to that extent because I haven’t done anything wrong.







Azeem Rafiq played for Yorkshire for two seasons from 2008 to 2018
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“There are days when I feel like my bones are broken but I just think back to how lonely I’ve felt and how I’ve been let down by so many people.

“How can I turn my back now? If I stop, everyone looks the other way. Unless it’s embarrassing or hitting the wallet, it doesn’t listen.

“This conversation is not going to be comfortable for a long time. Not for cricket and not for me, but I’m not going to back down.”

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