Yorkshire have suspended coach Andrew Gale as part of an investigation into a tweet he sent in 2010, the club said in a statement on Tuesday.
Yorkshire, which has been rocked by allegations of institutional racism at the club made by former player Azeem Rafiq, added that director of cricket Martyn Moxon was absent from work due to a “stress-related illness”.
“We can confirm that Andrew Gale, Yorkshire First XI Coach, is currently suspended pending a disciplinary hearing following an historic tweet,” Yorkshire said in a statement. The Jewish News reported that Gale, then club captain, sent a tweet containing an anti-Semitic slur. Gale told the Jewish News he was “completely unaware” of the offensive nature of the term when he sent the message, which was deleted soon after it was posted.
Gale, 37, made 156 first-class appearances for the club before giving up the club captaincy and ended his playing career at the age of 32 in order to take up the coaching role.
Yorkshire also confirmed that the club had shared a copy of the report looking into the allegations made by Rafiq with England’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport.
Earlier on Tuesday, the UK government said it is ready to “step in” if Yorkshire and the England and Wales Cricket Board do not take “real action”.
Sport and culture minister Chris Philp said: “Parliament is watching, the government is watching and the country is watching.
Calling for anyone left on the board from the ‘old regime’ to resign, he added: “We expect real action and the government stands ready to step in and take action if they do not put their own house in order.”