Leeds Rhinos set for shock stadium name change

It appears today as though the Emerald Headingley will be no more in 2022.

It follows on from the decision by the Yorkshire County Cricket Club to not take disciplinary action against those accused of racism by ex-player Azeem Rafiq.

That, in turn, led to a number of sponsors withdrawing their support – one of whom is the Emerald Group, which is responsible for the naming rights at Headingley.

“We have today taken the decision to remove our brand association with Yorkshire County Cricket Club and Headingley Stadium,” the Emerald Group said.

“We do not tolerate any form of racism or discriminatory behaviour and the damaging effects this has. Our intention remains to continue a financial commitment to the stadium itself, which is also the home of Leeds Rhinos rugby, as we believe this supports the aims of diversity and inclusion in sport along with a range of charitable community endeavours.

“Emerald will however no longer sponsor Yorkshire County Cricket Club. We hope that YCCC will listen and respond with serious action to eradicate racism from the club and uphold the values we all expect.”

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