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Chief executive of the ECB Tom Harrison has refuted claims by Yorkshire’s outgoing chair, Roger Hutton.

“It is a matter of record that I have continually expressed my frustration at the ECB’s reluctance to act,” Hutton said in a statement.

“What we were asked to do was join the Yorkshire panel to be part of the investigation which clearly we cannot do,” Harrison said.

“We are the regulator, we either run the investigation in its entirety ourselves or we let our stakeholders run an investigation in the entirety itself.”

“But a quasi-kind of involvement being regulated and part of the membership of an investigation is completely against the role that we play. So I’m afraid that I disagree entirely with [the] characterisation of that statement.”