South African officials allow controversial Sonny Bill Williams masks

Kristopher Nichols
March 12, 2018

Clive Eksteen and Altaaf Kazi with the fans wearing the Sonny Bill Williams masks.

Cricket Australia is understood to be furious with the conduct of Eksteen and Kazi, stunned that officials would be OK with the low-brow actions of supporters.

An image emerged on Saturday of Clive Eksteen and Altaaf Kazi grinning with three supporters, who donned the masks in an oafish attempt to taunt Warner.

With relations between the teams already severely strained, two South African cricket officials have been photographed smiling with fans who were wearing masks created to taunt Australia vice-captain David Warner.

Warner's wife, Candice, was photographed in a compromising position with rugby star Williams in a Sydney toilet cubicle in 2007, and the Aussie star is not popular in South Africa after his high-profile clash with Proteas wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock during the first Test.

In the wake of the sledging controversy during the four-Test series between Australia and South Africa, Ellis pointed out the troubling attitudes and double-standards towards the wife of David Warner. "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 in a CSA statement.

Warner's wife Candice had a tryst more than 10 years ago with Williams.

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According to respected cricket writer Peter Lalor, South African batsmen complained to umpires about it.

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

On Saturday, South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada was charged for another breach of the disciplinary code for intentionally bumping into Australia captain Steve Smith on the field during day one on Friday.

CSA said it would follow its "normal internal processes", with regards to Eksteen and Kazi, which will likely begin with an internal investigation.

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".

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

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