English county club Essex have been charged over alleged racism at the club that went on for nearly a decade, following an investigation.

The charge was announced on Monday after an investigation undertaken by the Cricket Regulator, a body responsible for monitoring compliance with the sport’s rules which operates independently from the rest of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

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“It is alleged by the Cricket Regulator that there was systemic use of racist and/or discriminatory language and/or conduct at Essex, during the period between 2001 and 2010, which Essex failed to address,” the Cricket Regulator said in a statement.

“An independent panel of the Cricket Discipline Commission will hear the case in due course,” the statement added.