CSA suits in hot water over Sonny Bill masks
- Author: Angelo Rivera Mar 12, 2018,
Mar 12, 2018, 3:32
South African fans have been distributing masks of Sonny Bill Williams during the second Test at Port Elizabeth, a poor taste attempt to get under the skin of the Aussie opener at the expense of his wife over an infamous toilet tryst in 2007 with the rugby star.
While sports fans often engage in questionable behavior at stadiums, officials Eksteen, a former South Africa player, and Kazi are accused of condoning the taunting of Warner and his wife by South African supporters.
Cricket South Africa executives Clive Eksteen and Altaaf Kazi pose with fans in Williams masks on Friday.
It was a remark from Proteas wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock during the first test about Warner's wife that ignited a fit of rage, with the Australia vice-captain later dubbing that comment "vile and disgusting".
"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. The photo was shared on social media and then picked up by the Sydney Morning Herald , who wrote that the Australian team were "outraged".
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Warner and de Kock were both fined after their ugly bust-up in Durban and the two teams have been warned by the match referee to keep their tempers in check.
The presence of the Williams' masks are made all the worse considering Candice and Warners' two children are believed to be in attendance at the Test match.
David Warner's tumultuous tour of South Africa has gotten more dramatic, with the South Africans accusing him of cheating according to The Australian.
CSA said it would follow its "normal internal processes", with regards to Eksteen and Kazi, which will likely begin with an internal investigation.
Rabada denies the contact was intentional but faces being banned for the final two tests of the series if found guilty.