South African cricket officials forced to apologise for Sonny Bill masks

South African cricket officials forced to apologise for Sonny Bill masks

Cricket Australia could seek to bring charges under the International Cricket Council code of conduct after South African officials were photographed posing with spectators wearing Sonny Bill Williams masks aimed at taunting David Warner during the second Test in Port Elizabeth.

It was a taunt about Warner's wife from South African wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock that sparked an angry response from the opener in a stairwell in Durban, as the players walked towards the dressing rooms on the fourth day of the first test last Sunday.

"On behalf of CSA I extend my honest apologies to the Board of Cricket Australia, its officials, team management, players and their families", CSA President Chris Nenzani was quoted as sating by ESPNcricinfo.

"CSA has taken immediate precautionary steps against the officials allegedly involved in this incident", the statement read.

Williams and Candice Warner were involved in an infamous nightclub incident in 2007.

"CA appreciates the swift response, including the honest apology from CSA, and the seriousness with which the matter is being treated".

CSA President Chris Nenzani also weighed in on the matter: "On behalf of CSA I extend my honest apologies to the Board of Cricket Australia (CA), its officials, team management, players and their families".

South African cricket officials forced to apologise for Sonny Bill masks
South African cricket officials forced to apologise for Sonny Bill masks

The staff, Clive Eksteen and Altaaf Kazi, reportedly denied the photos were endorsing the use of the masks to troll Warner.

The masks were banned initially by venue security, but CSA overruled that order on Friday.

Kazi denied that his actions amounted to support for those wearing the masks.

The group who organised for the masks to be distributed to fans spoke about the stunt.

If they both do not go, then it is surely a sign that cricket is losing its class.

"David Warner gives [sledges] more than anyone else in cricket and he deserves to get it back", Mark, from the 'Karma Chameleons" told SA Cricket Mag.

Kazi and Eksteen were then contacted by the fans and met them at the gates, where it was decided that they would be allowed in. "They said "let's take a photo with you guys", he said. We let people in with Hashim Amla beards.

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