South African cricket officials forced to apologise for Sonny Bill masks

South African Officials Under Fire For Posing With Fans Wearing Sonny Bill Williams Masks

South African Officials Under Fire For Posing With Fans Wearing Sonny Bill Williams Masks

South African officials have come under fire for posing with fans wearing Sonny Bill Williams masks, in a move which was meant to provoke David Warner following last week's ugly dressing room fracas between the Australian vice-captain and South Africa's Quinton de Kock.

Williams and Warner's now wife, Candice Warner, were involved in a toilet tryst in 2007.

Warner credits Candice for turning his life around. The left-handed opener was left fuming after De Kock had allegedly said something about Candice during the first Test, and the home fans wanted to further ridicule the Australian.

Don't get me wrong, there is a tinge of poor form from the South African fans makingmasks of SBW to taunt Warner, but it would be little different to how Australian fans welcome visiting teams.

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.

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Ahead of this series, the Australians had even gone to South African broadcaster SuperSport, requesting that the on field microphones be turned off, meaning viewers wouldn't have to be exposed to the obscenities bandied about during play.

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.

It comes after footage emerged of the Aussie vice captain losing his temper at Proteas wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock, while in a stairwell on the way to the dressing room, during the first Test in Durban. However, CSA has now released a statement over the matter clearing that they want to distance themselves from the officials.

The mother-of-two celebrated her 32nd birthday on Tuesday, and her cricket star husband, David Warner, made sure to pay tribute to "his rock" with a sweet post on social media.

The two officials posing with fans in the masks have been identified as Cricket South Africa's head of commercial and marketing Clive Eksteen and head of communications Altaaf Kazi.

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