TRANENT and Preston Village Cricket Club (TPV) has reiterated its stance against discrimination following an investigation after one of the club’s players was racially abused.

The incident occurred during TPV2’s match against Dunfermline & Carnegie on July 30, 2022, in which a TPV player, who wishes to remain anonymous, accused an opponent of making a racial comment.

At the time, the club lodged a complaint with East of Scotland Cricket Association (ESCA), which was later passed on to Cricket Scotland.

A club statement from Dunfermline & Carnegie Cricket Club at the time stated that the club had “removed the individual concerned from all roles within the club” and that the club “does not condone racism in any form.”

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A spokesperson for TPV has confirmed that the disciplinary process against the alleged offender has now been concluded, with the player being found guilty and their penalty reinforced after an appeal.

The spokesperson said: “The outcome was positive for our player and TPV as the offending player from another club was found guilty and his penalty was reinforced at appeal.

“The situation, however, was far from being ideal on a number of fronts, especially the time it has taken to conclude the matter.

“I would hope and anticipate that others can learn a lot from this case.

“Running Out Racism have been involved in questioning the process so all are aware that improvements are required.

“Our commitment is to our club and those who play against us.

“We just hope that others will see our commitment and challenge their club to be tough on discrimination too.”

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The spokesperson said the club wanted to “look forward rather than looking back” and spread a message of zero tolerance against discrimination.

In a full statement, the club said: “At Tranent and Preston Village Cricket Club, we pride ourselves on fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment for all members and participants.

“We believe that cricket, like any sport, should be a platform for unity, respect and diversity.

“It has come to our attention that instances of racial abuse have occurred within cricketing communities.

“We want to unequivocally state that such behaviour has no place in our club, nor in the wider cricketing world.

“We condemn all forms of racial abuse, discrimination, and harassment.

“We are committed to taking a strong stance against any form of racism or discrimination within our club.

“We will actively work to educate our members about the importance of diversity and inclusion, and we will enforce strict disciplinary measures against anyone found engaging in racial abuse.

“We believe in the power of cricket to bring people together regardless of race, ethnicity or background.

“Diversity is one of our greatest strengths, and we are dedicated to ensuring that all individuals feel safe, respected, and valued within our club.

“As we continue to uphold these principles, we call on all members, players, officials, and supporters to join us in promoting a culture of respect and inclusivity within cricket and beyond.”

Cricket Scotland has been contacted for comment.