The Azeem Rafiq Case: How Sports Can Better Tackle Player Discrimination
Fans defacing player murals, sexist comments from coaches, racist locker-room remarks: discrimination in sport can, unfortunately, take many forms. The difficult task of reducing and, in a perfect world, eliminating negative discrimination bears to rest, in part, on the shoulders of giants – namely sports organisations and clubs. The unfolding developments between Azeem Rafiq and Yorkshire County Cricket Club (YCCC) is an apt example of the importance of tackling potential discrimination issues sooner rather than later and ensuring that, when the public spotlight shines a light on these issues, sports organisations take appropriate steps in addressing allegations and stamping out discrimination.
This article gives an overview of discrimination in sports and considers some of the consequences of not effectively addressing discrimination issues when they arise. The authors make reference to the Rafiq and YCCC case within the context of direct and indirect discrimination and harassment, as well as examine other unfortunate examples of when discrimination and harassment has arisen within the sporting world. It also considers the liability of sports organisations in relation to their players and provides tips on how sports organisations can deal with potential discrimination issues. Specifically, it looks at:
Continue reading this article...
Already a member? Sign in
Get access to all of the expert analysis and commentary at LawInSport including articles, webinars, conference videos and podcast transcripts. Find out more here.
- Tags: Athlete Rights | Athlete Welfare | Azeem Rafiq | Cricket | Discrimination | Employment Law | Football | Governance | Regulation | Yorkshire County Cricket Club
- The extent of employer and employee liability for discrimination cases in sport
- Gutierrez v Newcastle Utd disability discrimination case: the wider implications for sport
- A comprehensive guide for sports bodies on tackling discrimination
- The Jess Varnish decision - why British athletes are still not considered “employees” and what it means for athletes and NGBs
- Discrimination in football: a guide to The FA’s new charging policies and sanctioning guidelines
- Tackling discrimination in football: are existing regulations sufficient to combat social media abuse?