Cricket SA apologises to Warner and Australia over Sonny Bill masks

by Steven Clarke March 14, 2018, 0:15
Cricket SA apologises to Warner and Australia over Sonny Bill masks

Two Cricket South Africa executives have been photographed at the second Test posing alongside spectators wearing Sonny Bill Williams masks, worn as a ploy to taunt Australian opener and vice-captain David Warner.

The photo shows Kazi and Eksteen smiling as they linked arms with three men who were wearing the masks in an attempt to torment explosive Australia opening batsman David Warner during the second Test match. The Australian team and its management are understandably enraged.

"CSA has taken immediate precautionary steps against the CSA officials allegedly involved in this incident and will follow the organisation's normal internal processes in this regard".

There have been repercussions for Nathan Lyon and Kagiso Rabada, a foul-mouthed dispute between De Kock and and Warner, ball tampering allegations, and now this.

Australian players and officials are reportedly outraged about the photo. De Kock admitted to saying something in a hearing that took place on Wednesday and was fined 25% of his match fee with one demerit point added to his record.

Warner's wife was involved in a tryst with New Zealand rugby player Sonny Bill Williams over 10 years ago.

Not only should those masks have been banned from the stadium, what made matters worst was the fact that two CSA officials actually went ahead and clicked photographs with the notorious fans.

Initially, stadium security had refused to allow the masks in because of what Kazi called a "misunderstanding", though it is not clear on whose instructions the security were initially acting.

Kazi told Fairfax Media the CSA's decision to let them in wasn't to taunt Warner and his family.

"They're fans.they wanted to come with them".

Meanwhile, CSA had reiterated that freedom of expression will be respected, within the limits of their own guidelines for spectator behaviour, which does not tolerate any racism, sexism or derogatory comments.

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