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Azeem Rafiq accused of sending ‘creepy’ messages to teenage girl

Azeem Rafiq is facing further accusations of hypocrisy amid claims he sent “creepy” messages to a teenage girl.

The Yorkshire Post said it had obtained screenshots of WhatsApp messages from a phone number belonging to Rafiq, which were sent to Gayathri Ajith in December 2015.

Ajith told the newspaper that was three months after she had met Rafiq on a flight from Manchester to Dubai, when she was 16.

Ajith said she had told Rafiq she was 17 to “seem a bit older” and agreed to have a vodka-coke with him on the plane but turned down an invitation to have dinner with him in Dubai.

The Yorkshire Post said the screenshots of the later messages read, “u know what I wanted to do on the plane?”, and, “I want to grab you push u up against wall and kiss you”.

The newspaper said her reply read, “do you realise that I’m only 17?”, to which she received the response, “Does tht mean it not allowed to want to kiss me”, and, “Wud u have let me kiss u?”.

Ajith, who is now 22 and lives in Yorkshire, was said to have branded his message “creepy” and to have asked Rafiq: “How do I know that you’re no [sic] some absolute pervert?”

She told the Yorkshire Post: “I was just kind of shocked by the crudity of those messages. They were just so vulgar.”

The accusation came at the end of a week in which Rafiq gave harrowing testimony at the Houses of Parliament about the racist abuse he suffered while playing for Yorkshire.

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