Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

CSA officials face action over Sonny Bill masks

CSA officials face action over Sonny Bill masks

Australian cricket officials were furious after the two senior South African cricket executives posed for photos with three men wearing the masks on the opening day of the Second Test in Port Elizabeth. The tryst, which was splashed around the tabloids, happened well before Warner and Candice met.

They were made to taunt Candice Warner - nee Falzon - about her drunken sexual encounter with the All Black in the bathroom of a Sydney pub in 2007. Warner had delivered a stream of verbal abuse towards de Kock as the players walked off the field, but did not take well to de Kock's reply.

The Australian batsman was snapped provoking Quinton de Kock.

If that wasn't bad enough, two Cricket South Africa executives chose to take a picture with fans donning the masks clearly used to bait Warner, whose wife Candice was controversially pictured in a bathroom cubicle with the New Zealand rugby star back in 2007.

The photo of CSA's head of commercial and marketing, and head of communications, has reportedly angered the Australian team, as well as the decision to allow the masks into the ground in the first place.

"They're fans", Kazi told Fairfax.

"We found out because [the spectators] contacted us and we then went to security and got them in. I'm sorry for the people I may have let down, our fans and people back home, and even my family", Warner said in a video on cricket.com.au.

The Proteas supporters wore those masks in a bid to rile up Warner.

He said he was used to taking flak from fans and opposition players, but claimed De Kock's remark crossed a line.

"They wanted to come with them".

"I am so utterly embarrassed that this is people's idea of a joke or even of a decent, legitimate thing to do".

Opener Dean Elgar is unbeaten on 46 while Hashim Amla is 45 not out.

"We're very clear from a stadium perspective that we monitor the behaviour and language of fans".

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

Cricket South Africa released a statement distancing itself from the action.

CSA's statement quoted president Chris Nenzani as saying‚ "On behalf of CSA I extend my honest apologies to the board of Cricket Australia‚ its officials‚ team management‚ players and their families".

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