Graham Gooch: Former Essex captain says racism allegations are a ‘stain’ on his previous membership’s historical past

Graham Gooch

Graham Gooch scored 8,900 runs in 118 Tests for England

Former England captain Graham Gooch has said racism allegations surrounding Essex are “very distressing” and a “stain” on the club’s history.

Essex were fined £50,000 earlier this month after pleading guilty to two charges relating to a racist comment made at a board meeting in 2017.

Three former players have also alleged they suffered racist abuse during their time at the club.

“I’m very sad about what’s happened,” Gooch told BBC Essex.

“The strength of Essex cricket has been to promote local talent in east London, Essex and East Anglia and the proudest moment for me was in 2017 and 2019 when we had eight local players in our team who won those County Championships, which is unheard of in modern sport.

“As someone who came to Essex in 1973, when I started playing as an amateur, and since 1986 when I became captain, I’ve been involved in the back room as well as on the field and been in cricket committee meetings, and I’m very…