The University of York Cricket Club has come under heavy criticism after circulating emails containing elements of homophobia and sexism. The emails were sent to the entire Cricket Club mailing list.
Nouse received the email from an anonymous source, who commented: “their emails are always offensive and, as someone who likes a joke, I can’t believe how rude they are.”
Sam Asfahani, YUSU Sports President, has condemned the Club for their actions. Asfahani said: “What has been written in the UYCC emails is plain unacceptable. Certain clubs need to realise that they not only have a social responsibility for their members but also reputational responsibily for our university. We will now follow the regular disciplinary procedure with it first going to the York Sport Committe for suggested punishments.”
A spokesperson for the Cricket Club released the following statement: “I feel it would be unfair to use the incident as a representation of our club. Though what was said was inappropriate on reflection, no offence was ever intended to be caused to any member. The emails were sent carelessly, with little forethought, and appropriate action will be taken, both by our club and York Sport itself.”
Nouse‘s source felt the society deserved condemnation after the latest email appeared to make light of Gary Speed’s recent suicide. Nouse‘s source continued: “I still find it incredibly offensive that they would seek to make light of a situation in which someone has committed suicide.”
The Cricket Club has responded by stating that: “As a society, we obviously do not condone offensive or inappropriate emails. The email subject, though seemingly a reference to Gary Speed’s death, was actually a quote from Knocked Up, however the timing was very poor and the writer showed bad judgement.
“The emails were not intended to be insulting to anyone, the references were merely in-jokes within the club. I would like to apologise to anyone whom may have taken offence to any emails sent, on behalf of myself and the whole club.”
Attached with the latest email were examples of other emails sent to all society members. Nouse’s source went on to state his disgust with how the Club has treated society-wide emails as a chance to further personal “in-jokes”. They expressed his anger over the Club’s complete lack of sensitivity over issues ranging from cancer and sexual abuse to rape.