Cricket South Africa has been forced to apologise after officials were photographed posing with fans wearing Sonny Bill Williams masks, in a clear dig at Australian opener Dave Warner.
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 masks were a reference to an encounter Warner’s wife Candice had with Williams at a Sydney pub in 2007.
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That incident is behind a fiery exchange between Warner and South Africa’s Quentin de Kock during the First Test.
Cricket South Africa released a statement distancing itself from the action.
“While CSA respects the rights of its fans to represent their own points of view, CSA does not associate itself with these actions and urges all Protea supporters from refraining from being involved in distasteful or unwelcome actions that may impact the image of the sport and its supporters,” the statement said.
“CSA has taken immediate precautionary steps against the CSA officials allegedly involved in this incident and will follow the organisation’s normal internal processes in this regard.”
— Newshub Sport (@NewshubSport) March 10, 2018