CSA suits in hot water over Sonny Bill masks

CSA suits in hot water over 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 Australians are understood to be upset that the masks, used as a taunt to specifically target David Warner and his wife Candice, were let into the venue before the photograph surfaced of the two senior executives posing with the fans.

"On behalf of CSA, I extend my honest apologies to the board of Cricket Australia (CA), its officials, team management, players and their families", CSA president Chris Nenzani said in a statement.

They are posing for the photo near a bar inside the St. George's Park stadium.

It was a remark from Quinton de Kock during the first Test about Warner's wife that ignited a fit of rage, with the vice-captain later dubbing that comment "vile and disgusting".

Cape Town - Cricket South Africa (CSA) has distanced itself from the action of two officials in associating themselves with fans wearing masks representing the face of Sonny Bill Williams during the opening day of the second Test match at St George's Park in Port Elizabeth on Friday.

Warner is under fire again. Image Getty
Warner is under fire again. Image Getty

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

"'On behalf of CSA I extend my honest apologies to the Board of Cricket Australia (CA), its officials, team management, players and their families', commented CSA President Chris Nenzani".

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian team were "outraged" by a decision to allow the masks to be brought into the ground. Candice Warner's encounter with Williams was widely reported in the Australian media, which coined the phrase "toilet tryst" to refer to it. She is also a model and celebrity TV star.

Warner and de Kock were both fined and given disciplinary sanctions for the altercation.

Kagiso Rabada starred for South Africa on day one of the second test against Australia.




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