English Cricket Club To Provide Cultural Diversity Education After Muslim Player Was Sprayed With Alcohol
Essex County Cricket Club have announced they will provide lessons in cultural diversity to their players after the club became embroiled in an ugly incident.
As the team was celebrating winning the Bob Willis Trophy against Somerset, players popped champagne and cracked open a few beers on the iconic balcony at Lord's.
But their celebrations quickly came under fire after images emerged of the players pouring their alcoholic beverages over 12th man Feroze Khushi.
Club Captain, Tom Westley, has issued the following statement. pic.twitter.com/soYHzSjxUA- Essex Cricket (@EssexCricket) September 29, 2020
Khushi, being a practicing Muslim, was pictured recoiling in a bid to try and avoid being soaked by his teammates.
It didn't take long for the club to cop a barrage of criticism from fans within the cricket community.
Now, though, Essex County have released a statement apologising for the incident while promising to provide cultural diversity education in the future.
The statement read: "Essex County Cricket Club prides themselves on their work within multi-diverse communities throughout the county and the surrounding areas.
#Essex County Cricket Club has admitted its recent Bob Willis Trophy win celebrations failed to meet its inclusive values after a Muslim player was sprayed with alcohol. The club says further work's needed to make people more aware of cultural differences. #HeartNews pic.twitter.com/koagqxDZ5H- Heart News East (@HeartNewsEast) September 29, 2020
"For a substantial period of time, Essex have had a multi-diverse team with players from different backgrounds, religions, and races, where cricket is at the heart of these communities.
"The club has worked extremely hard and will continue to bring cricket to anybody and everybody, and educate on diversity, but further work needs to be done across both sport and society in general, to widen people's knowledge and make them more aware of cultural differences."
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