Sponsor leaves Essex after third ex-player claims racist abuse
Sponsor leaves Essex as racial storm intensifies after Jahid Ahmed became the third former player to say he was racially abused at the club
- Essex has seen a key sponsor distance himself from the club
- Seetec training provider is listed as one of eight Platinum Club partners
- Jahid Ahmed is the third former player to say he was the victim of racist abuse
Essex have seen a key sponsor distance themselves from the club after another former County player raised allegations of racist abuse.
Jahid Ahmed, who played for Essex between 2005 and 2009, told The Cricketer he was bullied by a former coach and his voice was mocked by his teammates and staff at coaches.
Zoheb Sharif and Maurice Chambers had both previously spoken about the abuse they suffered in the county.
Jahid Ahmed is the third ex-player to say he suffered racist abuse in Essex
Training provider Seetec is listed as one of eight “Platinum Club” partners on the county website. The move will sound the alarm bells in Chelmsford as chiefs in Essex have witnessed the trade fallout from the Yorkshire racism crisis.
In a statement, Seetec said: “We have suspended our ties with Essex County Cricket Club with immediate effect.
“Through the services we provide, our employee owners work with diverse communities to help people achieve their ambitions in life. This is part of our broader commitment to social inclusion, as it is important to us that the communities we serve have equal access to opportunities.
“No form of racism should be tolerated. “
Former Essex players Zoheb Sharif (above) and Maurice Chambers have also spoken
Essex has opened a whistleblower line for former players and staff who have been discriminated against and is preparing an independent investigation into historic racism at the club.
In the interview, Ahmed said he concluded that Essex was “a world of white men where brunettes were strangers” after a teammate asked him if he was “going to bomb” the club.
The 35-year-old former fast bowler, who played seven first-class games during his four-year stint at the club, also claims his voice has been mocked and imitated by players and coaches and that he felt compelled to attend a team meeting. in a pub while fasting during Ramadan.
Earlier this month, former hitter Sharif said he suffered racist abuse, including being called a “bomber” by his teammates after the September 11 attacks in the United States.
Former Essex President John Faragher has denied using racist language at a 2017 board meeting
Chambers described how he was allegedly racially bullied for 10 years at the club, including throwing bananas at him and frequently being the victim of racist jokes.
Responding to Ahmed’s allegations, Essex general manager John Stephenson said in a statement: “I am disheartened to learn of these new historic racial allegations from a former player about several of his former teammates and from a former staff member.
“The allegations make it difficult to read and they will be treated and investigated with the utmost seriousness.”
John Faragher resigned as president of Essex on November 11 following a claim he used racist language at a board meeting in 2017, which he firmly denied .