Monday, 24 September, 2018

Cricket SA apologise to David Warner over Sonny Bill Williams masks

South African Officials Under Fire For Posing With Fans Wearing Sonny Bill Williams Masks Cricket SA apologises to Warner and Australia over Sonny Bill masks
| 12 March, 2018, 11:21

Cricket South Africa (CSA) has distanced itself from the alleged action of certain officials in associating themselves with fans wearing masks representing the face of Sonny Bill Williams, which is related to the Warner-De Kock incident.

Security had reportedly stopped fans with masks outside the venue before CSA intervened and let them in.

Clive Eksteen, CSA's head of commercial and marketing, and Altaaf Kazi, the organisation's head of communications, smiled and put their arms around each other as they stood alongside three men in masks on the first day of play at St George's Park overnight (NZ time).

With relations between the teams already severely strained, two South African cricket officials have been photographed smiling with fans who were wearing masks created to taunt Australia vice-captain David Warner.

Some spectators at the Second Test at Port Elizabeth were spotted wearing masks depicting Sonny Bill Williams, who was involved in a much-publicised encounter with Warner's now wife Candice in 2007. The masks have since been banned again.

The option is open for CA to call on the ICC to lay a charge, as its code of conduct covers the use of "language or gesture (s) that is seriously obscene, seriously offensive or of a seriously insulting nature" to players during an worldwide match.


"This is explicitly covered by the ICC code of conduct and we're entitled, Cricket Australia, to make a charge ourselves through our chief executive".

CSA tried to "distance itself" from the behaviour of Eksteen and Kazi when it apologised to CA.

The statement said CSA had taken "immediate precautionary steps" against the officials and that there would be an internal disciplinary process.

This comes fresh from the controversy of the previous Test match, in which a fight broke out after a remark about Warner's wife by Quinton de Kock.

"Us South Africans, we stand together and we're out here for de Kock".

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