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SA apologise to Australia over Sonny masks

SA apologise to Australia over Sonny masks”

Two South African cricket officials have been snapped posing with fans wearing masks to taunt Australian opener David Warner as the battle between the two countries heats up.

An apologetic Cricket South Africa (CSA) is in damage control over a photograph showing two of its officials posing with fans wearing Sonny Bill Williams masks in Port Elizabeth.

Clive Eksteen, a former left-arm spinner and CSA's head of commercial, and Altaaf Kazi, CSA's head of media and communication, are the men in question.

Candice had an encounter with Williams 11 years ago, before she had met Warner and South African fans hoped to use that to antagonise the opening batsman.

Last week in Durban, Warner exploded when South African wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock made shocking remarks about his wife during a now infamous confrontation in the stairwell outside the Durban dressing rooms.

The statement said CSA had taken "immediate precautionary steps" against the officials and that there would be an internal disciplinary process.

The ugly prank created to anger and humiliate the Warners was an appalling reference to Candice Warner's well-publicised association with rugby star Williams way back in 2007. The things are already tensed between the two teams after an ugly fallout between David Warner and Quinton de Kock in the opening game of the series.

The story‚ which broke in the Sydney Morning Herald on Friday night‚ quoted Kazi as saying: "Initially security wouldn't let them in (with the masks)". While the songs were not heard at St George's Park, the masks were seen but only after CSA officials had to intervene to allow mask-wearing fans into the stadium.

"Initially security wouldn't let them in.we found out because (the spectators) contacted us and we then went to security and got them in".

CSA president Chris Nenzani added: "On behalf of CSA I extend my honest apologies to the Board of Cricket Australia, its officials, team management, players and their families".

"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 sporting body said.

They also cleared that the board has taken necessary action over the involved officials in the matter.

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