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Andrew Gale wins unfair dismissal claim following Yorkshire exit | yorkshire

Andrew Gale wins unfair dismissal claim following Yorkshire exit | yorkshire

Former Yorkshire head coach Andrew Gale has won a wrongful dismissal claim against the club after being sacked following the Azem Rafiq scandal.

An employment judge ruled that Gale and five other former Yorkshire staff had a “well-founded” case in a decision published this week and said the case would now move on to remedies that can be agreed or imposed.

Gale, 38, was one of 16 staff sacked following controversywhich engulfed Yorkshire following bowler Rafiq’s accusations that rocked English cricket.

Last year, Yorkshire admitted Rafiq had been racially harassed and bullied but initially chose not to take any action against his employees, which drew widespread criticism.

Labor judge Joanna Wade’s decision this week also involves bowling coach Rich Pyrah, academy manager Richard Damms, second team coach Ian Dews and strength and conditioning coaches Ian Fisher and Peter Sim.

The judge said in a brief judgment: ‘The plaintiffs’ claims of unfair dismissal are well founded…The appeal and any other claims are heard unless otherwise resolved.’

There were no further details in the decision, which was made on May 23 after a private hearing but only released on Tuesday.

Gale played for Yorkshire as a batsman for over a decade before becoming first-team manager in 2016. He was suspended in November after a tweet he posted in 2010.

Widespread condemnation from Yorkshire over their treatment of Rafiq had a huge impact on the club last year, including a flood of staff and manager departures as well as sponsors pulling out and their Headingley ground in Leeds being briefly stripped of its lucrative international fixtures.

The fallout has caused widespread debate about the extent of racism in the game as a whole.

In December, the club announced the elimination of their entire coaching staffincluding Gale and longtime cricket manager Martyn Moxon.

Gale said at the time that he would take legal action over his dismissal, saying in a statement to BBC Sport: “The decision surprised me. The players knew it before me and I will fight the decision legally.

These departures followed those of club chairman Roger Hutton and general manager Mark Arthur.

Gale and Moxon had both been heavily criticized during a Hearing of the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) at Westminster as Rafiq reiterated his call for them to step down from their duties at the club.

Lord Patel was appointed as the club’s new chairman six months ago and tasked with overseeing wholesale cultural and structural changes.

Last month Lord Patel hailed “an overwhelming vote for positive change” as reforms were approved by club members to pave the way for Headingley to host games in England this summer.

Hosting internationals provides a significant share of Yorkshire’s income and Headingley will host England in a Test against New Zealand later this month in June and South Africa in a Test international. a day in July.

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