Cricket South Africa apologise for SBW masks

AFP  Michael Bradley All Black Sonny Bill Williams speaks to the media after it was announced he has signed a three year deal with the New Zealand Rugby Union and will play for the Auckland Blues next year

Cricket South Africa officials Clive Ekstee and Altaaf Kazi were caught up in the Warner/de Kock stoush when they were pictured standing with fans wearing Sonny Bill Williams masks in an effort to rile Warner.

Warner's wife was involved in a tryst with New Zealand rugby player Sonny Bill Williams over 10 years ago.

The masks were likely to have been worn to taunt Australian batsman David Warner, whose wife reportedly had an encounter with Williams in 2007 before meeting Warner.

This comes fresh from the controversy of the previous Test match, in which a fight broke out after a remark about Warner's wife by Quinton de Kock.

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

"I don't see fans turning up at All Blacks games with Candice Falzon masks, so how dare they turn up at a South African cricket game in masks of someone who the wife of one of the cricketers was formerly involved with".

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The photographs, taken on Day 1 of the ongoing second Test, have since gone viral on social media.

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

Candice Warner gained recognition in Australia as an "Ironwoman" endurance athlete. Warner later called these comments 'vile and disgusting'.

The left-hander was fined 15 per cent of his match fee in 2014 for accusing AB de Villiers of ball tampering at the same venue. Warner then had to be restrained by teammates as he argued with de Kock on a staircase leading to the dressing rooms as players came off the field for a break.

David Warner's tumultuous tour of South Africa has gotten more dramatic, with the South Africans accusing him of cheating according to The Australian. Australia's Nathan Lyon also was punished for an over-zealous celebration of a wicket in that first test.

Rabada denies the contact was intentional but faces being banned for the final two tests of the series if found guilty.

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