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Essex are back in hot water AGAIN as ECB open misconduct investigation at county

EXCLUSIVE: Essex is AGAIN in hot water as the ECB opens an investigation into misconduct in the county after CEO John Stephenson’s alleged spat with a fan…

  • John Stephenson got involved in a heated argument with a member of Essex
  • The member claimed in letters that he had been chased out of the ground
  • The ECB has since told the complainant that they will investigate the matter
  • The 2019 provincial champions have already been fined £50,000 this year

The ECB has launched a new investigation into alleged misconduct in Essex after receiving a complaint about an altercation between chief executive John Stephenson and a Chelmsford supporter.

sports post has been informed that after a T20 Blast match earlier this month, Stephenson became embroiled in a heated argument with an Essex member, who claimed in letters to the club and the ECB that he had been kicked out of the ground.

The ECB has told the complainant that they will investigate the matter, raising the prospect of further problems for Essex.

The 2019 provincial champions have already been fined £50,000 this year and have warned about their future conduct after failing to investigate allegations of a racially offensive expression used at a board meeting in 2017.

The ECB has launched an investigation into misconduct after US chief executive John Stephenson (above) clashed with a fan

The ECB has launched an investigation into misconduct after US chief executive John Stephenson (above) clashed with a fan

The ECB received letters from the complainant and told them they would investigate the matter (Photo: CEO Tom Harrison)

The ECB received letters from the complainant and told them they would investigate the matter (Photo: CEO Tom Harrison)

If an investigation by Katharine Newton QC into allegations of racism and discrimination by former players is concluded in the coming weeks, they could face harsher penalties, such as being deducted from points or deprived of their international women’s matches.

In addition, Essex was warned by the ECB and threatened with more fines after falling ‘significantly’ in the goals set by the governing body to tackle racism and promote inclusion and diversity.

Former MCC cricket secretary Stephenson has endured a turbulent reign since returning to Essex last year, where he enjoyed two successful spells as a player.

The 2019 provincial champions have already been fined £50,000 this year and warned about their future behaviour

The 2019 provincial champions have already been fined £50,000 this year and warned about their future behaviour

In November, after just two weeks on the job, Stephenson was forced to face charges of historic racism, prompting him to order chairman John Faragher’s resignation during a heated board meeting.

It was later revealed that Stephenson was acting on behalf of ECB chief executive Tom Harrison and acting chairman Barry O’Brien, as revealed by sports post

The ECB and Essex declined to comment.

They could face harsher penalties, such as being deprived of their international women's matches

They could face harsher penalties, such as being deprived of their international women’s matches

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