Yorkshire to block ‘offensive’ Twitter followers after posts aimed at Rashid

Yorkshire have said they will block followers on their social media sites who post anything that is “deemed offensive”. The county have responded to a series of comments after announcing on Twitter that Adil Rashid was heading to Mecca with his family to take part in the Hajj pilgrimage.

Yorkshire said: “Yorkshire CCC will not tolerate any comments which could be deemed offensive. For this reason we will be removing offensive comments and blocking those who post them from this page.”

In an earlier tweet, Yorkshire wished Rashid and his family a safe journey. The club said: “Yorkshire and England leg spinner Adil Rashid will be completing his Hajj [pilgrimage to mecca] today. We wish Adil and his family a very warm Hajj Mubarak, and a safe journey. To all that are celebrating Eid-ul-Adha this weekend, we wish a very warm Eid Mubarak. OneRose.”

In November, Rashid publicly supported county teammate Azeem Rafiq’s allegation of racism against Michael Vaughan. Rafiq claimed the former Yorkshire and England captain made racist comments to a group of Asian teammates during his time as the county’s skipper and Rashid later issued a statement confirming he also recalled the incident. Vaughan, who has denied the allegations, stepped back from his role as a pundit with the BBC last month.